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FYI: Polar Vortex and the US Mail Service #440974
01/30/19 03:24 AM
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Aloha,

A shout out to our friends and ohana who are subject to the latest severe weather due to the polar vortex movement.

Polar Vortex

The polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter. The term "vortex" refers to the counter-clockwise flow of air that helps keep the colder air near the Poles. Many times during winter in the northern hemisphere, the polar vortex will expand, sending cold air southward with the jet stream (see graphic above). This occurs fairly regularly during wintertime and is often associated with large outbreaks of Arctic air in the United States. The one that occurred January 2014 is similar to many other cold outbreaks that have occurred in the past, including several notable colder outbreaks in 1977, 1982, 1985 and 1989.

There are several things the polar vortex is NOT. Polar vortexes are not something new. The term “polar vortex” has only recently been popularized, bringing attention to a weather feature that has always been present. It is also not a feature that exists at the Earth’s surface. Weather forecasters examine the polar vortex by looking at conditions tens of thousands of feet up in the atmosphere; however, when we feel extremely cold air from the Arctic regions at Earth’s surface, it is sometimes associated with the polar vortex. This is not confined to the United States. Portions of Europe and Asia also experience cold surges connected to the polar vortex. By itself, the only danger to humans is the magnitude of how cold temperatures will get when the polar vortex expands, sending Arctic air southward into areas that are not typically that cold.

In short, there is no cause to be alarmed when you hear about the polar vortex, but you should be prepared for colder temperatures. Check the forecast for your area on weather.gov to ensure you are dressed appropriately. It is also a good idea to check the items in your home and car emergency kits at the beginning of each winter season to ensure you are prepared for any type of hazardous winter weather.

Per Accu Weather: The U.S. Postal Service announced that delivery will be suspended on Wednesday for Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa and Western Illinois. More states are affected and status of available services may be affected.

Wunderground.com - Severe weathermaps

NASA twitter comments

For our MA posters and their families in those affected areas, please be safe and let us know how you are doing.

For the federal workers, just getting back to work and now hampered due to weather, please reach out and let us know how to help.

This isn't just a cold weather front. Please take some time to learn about this weather event and reach out to help as you can.

Stay safe.

Take care,
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Re: FYI: Polar Vortex and the US Mail Service [Re: Orchid2] #441025
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Last Thursday it was -22 here and only warmed up to -13 for a high. At 9am it was -20.

This morning at 9am it was 53...

If you don't like our weather, stick around. It'll change shortly...

FTR, I worked outside in 77, 82, 85 and 89...

1978 was no prize either and neither was 1971.


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Re: FYI: Polar Vortex and the US Mail Service [Re: Orchid2] #441044
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I remember 82. I was living north of Chicago. Had to go outside and start my car every day so it wouldn't freeze solid. When guys saw me dressing to go outside, they all asked me to get them food. Yes, we could call for pizza delivery back then but the delivery guys were all smart enough NOT to go out when the wind chill was 70 or 80 below zero.


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Re: FYI: Polar Vortex and the US Mail Service [Re: Orchid2] #441047
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Do a lot more folks get sick when the temperatures fluctuates so much?


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Re: FYI: Polar Vortex and the US Mail Service [Re: Orchid2] #441110
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Hope you all are doing well. We've got a bit of wind whipping around here.

Windy day.

Soup time: Portuguese Bean Soup

What do you like to make and eat during cold days? smile


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Re: FYI: Polar Vortex and the US Mail Service [Re: Orchid2] #441114
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Hi Orchid, I posted back this morning but some of my posts don’t go through I do not know why. Like back with that special character thing so I will try without that.

Anyway, how did it go with the windstorm? I hope you are safe! Crockpot bean soup is my favorite for those chilly days, the flavor gets more interesting between lunch and dinner


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Hi NED,

Wind and rain seemed to have passed for the moment. It's the coolness in the air that is making us put on our sweats and hoodies for real this time. LOL!!!

It says it is 67 degrees now but it feels a bit cooler than that. Clear skies but more wind and rain coming next week. We tend to measure the weather on how high the waves get (wind wise).

Working on a small cold (sore throat, runny nose, etc.) and had a few power outages yesterday.

Didn't get to the store to make soup. Too much work on my desk. Did run out for fish and chips plus a salad. Been watching too much British TV playing in the background while I work. wink

So how are you all doing?

Thanks for checking in.


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We got snow - on Maui!!!

Snow on Maui?!?!?!?!?

Also got lots of wind, rain and high surf.

Ok, had to put on sweats and socks. LOL!!!!

Do you like to ski? Water and snow!!! Come to Maui!!! (just kidding - not enough to ski). wink


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