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NASA follows the wild polar vortex from space


This view of NASA's natural Terra satellite images shows the Great Lakes region on Sunday.

Joshua Stevens / NASA EOSDIS / LANCE / GIBS / Worldview

While people on Earth are freezing their tuxes when the polar whirlpool sweeps over parts of the US, NASA's eyes in the sky are looking down from the cold surroundings of the universe. The space agency published a Central European update with a field view.

The Terra image on Sunday showed the "cloud streets", the long stripes of cumulus clouds, and the snow that hit the Great Lakes.

NASA also shared a view of the cold air that spilled into the northern part of the US, as assumed with data passing through the GEOS-5 global atmospheric model.

"Measurement of temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and other conditions are built from NASA satellites and other sources, and then added to the model to closely simulate the observed reality," says NASA.


This map shows a model view of the polar vortex.

Joshua Stevens / GEOS-5 / NASA EOSDIS / LANCE / GIBS / Worldview

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tweeted looked dramatically at Great Lakes on Wednesday. The time sequence shows the white plate that is created above the area because the cold Arctic air mass penetrates south.

Cold weather causes closure, flight cancellations, and at least six deaths related to weather conditions. "In Chicago it will be cooler that they are in parts of the Arctic Circle. The South Pole is expected to be warmer than parts of the USA," says CBS News.

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