What the polar vortex is and is not, in one graphic

Debate has raged in weather circles about how to talk about the polar vortex,  a term that has exploded into the public lexicon this frigid winter.

Kudos to the National Weather Service office serving New York City for creating a simple info-graphic which strikes just the right tone and conveys the right messages about this oft-misunderstood phenomenon.

(National Weather Service)
(National Weather Service)

Related: A deep dive into the polar vortex | The polar vortex in no way disproves climate change

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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