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Are signs pointing to an early awakening of the polar vortex?

The polar vortex may be waking up before its alarm clock.

Weather experts keeping an eye on the atmosphere over the Arctic regions have taken to social media to announce they've noticed some unusually early behavior up there.

 

 

 

 

What does it all mean?

As the calendar plunges deeper into autumn, available sunlight continues to decrease in the northern hemisphere.

Because of that, the North Pole – and Arctic region – cools.

And, the change in temperatures over shorter distances is becoming more stark, which helps to fuel the polar jet stream.

"It's basically the strengthening early season phase to its mature winter phase," climate forecaster Anthony Masiello (not Buffalo's former mayor) explained this morning on Twitter.

So, are you ready?

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