The conservative media's rejection of science continues through the cold
Rush Limbaugh says of the Arctic Vortex: “It is part of their (the left) agenda to grow government, raise taxes, limit freedom, and control people. It’s part of the agenda. It’s never gonna go away. They’re never going to admit that they’re wrong about this. They’re gonna continue to promulgate this hoax as long as they can. In fact, this Daily Beast story — which, again, is headlined, ‘Global Warming is Freezing You’ — ends by saying, ‘Isn’t science neat?’ I guess it is if you can rewrite the laws of physics. Do you know what the polar vortex is? Have you ever heard of it? Well, they just created it for this week.”
Oh, Rush. Not knowing the facts doesn’t make them false or make you smart. The laws of physics are laws because they are true. Not knowing the term Arctic Vortex doesn’t mean it was just invented. Just like “forgetting” to tell 4 doctors you were already getting pain killers so you could pop 2000 pain pills in 6 months doesn’t make it legal. But you know that. Now.
The Arctic Vortex According to Science
The arctic vortex (also known as an Arctic cyclone, sub-polar cyclone, and a circumpolar whirl) is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near one or both of a planet’s geographical poles. On Earth, the polar vortices are located in the middle and upper troposphere and the stratosphere. They surround the polar highs and lie in the wake of the polar front.
These cold-core low-pressure areas strengthen in the winter and weaken in the summer. They usually span 1,000–2,000 kilometers (620–1,240 miles) in which the air is circulating in a counter-clockwise fashion (in the northern hemisphere). As with other cyclones, their rotation is caused by the Coriolis effect.
The Arctic vortex in the Northern Hemisphere has two centers, one near Baffin Island and the other over northeast Siberia. In the southern hemisphere, it tends to be located near the edge of the Ross ice shelf near 160 west longitude. When the polar vortex is strong, the Westerlies increase in strength. When the polar cyclone is weak, the general flow pattern across mid-latitudes buckles and significant cold outbreaks occur. – Wikipedia.
The Arctic Vortex of Lies at Fox News.
Fox News spent the day trying to convince people that the current cold means there is no such thing as Global Warming, but soon took it a bit further:
Chris Turney, a professor at the University of New South Wales, said it was “silly” to suggest he and 73 others aboard the MV Akademic Shokalskiy were trapped in ice they’d sought to prove had melted. Fox stated, “He remained adamant that sea ice is melting, even as the boat remained trapped in frozen seas.”
“We’re stuck in our own experiment,” the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement. We came to Antarctica to study how one of the biggest icebergs in the world has altered the system by trapping ice. We … are now ourselves trapped by ice surrounding our ship.
So, Fox News didn’t even know what he was studying, but were quick to try to say his being stuck meant he failed.
I, for one, long for a return to the season of intelligence where facts are facts and people strive to use them. Is that really too much to ask?