The coldest air of the winter is draining into the United States, and holy crap it's cold. Temperatures in much of the north are struggling to climb into the single digits today, while Boston and the NYC suburbs will flirt with lows near zero on Thursday morning. Here's what you need to know to survive the deep freeze.
The polar vortex was all over the news (and our thermostats) last year, and for many people that was first they'd heard of the alarming phenomenon. But the phrase actually originated over 150 years ago in a magazine edited by Charles Dickens, as explained in this linguistic history of the term.
Just how bad was this winter? Bad. Really, really bad as this terrifying visualization of global temperatures during these last few months shows.
How much snow does it take to cancel school in your area? This map takes a look at just how much snow around the country it takes to have a snowday.
A spiraling pool of cold, dense, arctic air called a "polar vortex" began its frigid sweep of the U.S. today. "It's just a dangerous cold," said National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye this morning. The arctic chill is expected to burden some regions of the country with the coldest weather they've seen in…
We know Earth's countless geological and climatological processes are interconnected, but this connection is particularly incredible. Wind patterns 15 to 30 miles above the Earth's surface can wreak havoc on deep ocean currents... and Earth's climate as a whole.