In the real world of physics, the polar vortex fairies are dancing on the head of a pin, and Pacific Plumes come down on us. I had said that the plumes hit high at Alaska and then descend along the cold blob, giving us very cold air. This time, the clipper has penetrated the blob and is actively scooping out cold air.
The high-energy air has gone right into the blob in Northern Ontario.
Cold air is defined as having no energy. Cold is just the absence of heat energy, and not a 'thing'. That blob has to be hit by energy (plumes) to move.
What kills the poor weather people and forces them to believe in polar vortex fairies, is their total love of surface winds, and 'highs' and 'lows'. These things have nothing to do with the underlying physics. They'll never change, because all this is linked into how the carbon warming hypothesis got off the ground on FB.
All the Pacific plumes are manifested on the surface has a 'low'. The surface winds swirl around it. It's a very pretty pictures. No plume, is a 'high'. You can see here that our plume is mucking with the surface winds and scooping cold air to hit Toronto, with -11C. That's about as cold as we get until the lakes start freezing over.
But, fear not, we always have the UK to laugh at.
They deeply believe in the Polar Vortex Fairies, and maybe this happy thought will keep them warm as they burn up the furniture to stay warm. But their cold can be blamed on whales.
That's right, the current cooling can be blamed on the whales. Nevermind that their combined mass is about 1 millionth that of descending dead plankton and other creatures. Nope, you can spin a story focussing on the most minor effect in the world, as long as it looks cute. This is another story that is tomorrow's fish wrap. :)
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ps. my polar clumpers are good for 40 below, and my summer hiking boots freeze at 5 below. Buy these for -10. Good for legal dog walking.