Polar Vortex expected next week

Posted By: Camila Orti


A weather pattern that caused bitterly cold temperatures last winter could be making a comeback in July.

It hasn’t been as hot as past years, but some Lincoln residents say they’re already tired of the heat.

“The temperatures have been outrageously hot, feels like I’m back home in Georgia,” Carlos Brown said.

Mother Nature must have been listening. Beginning early next week, a fairly rare weather event will allow temperatures to drop near record lows. Some call it a ‘polar vortex.’

“When we say unusually cold we’re usually talking about something in the order of 20 plus degrees departure from normal,” State Climatologist Al Dutcher said.

Dutcher says parts of the state could see highs in the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s.

“This trough is about six to eight weeks ahead of normal for this time of the year,” Dutcher said.

Basically, a jet stream to the north of us is dropping, driving cool Arctic air down through the northeastern part of the country and the Midwest. However, the relief is only temporary. Meteorologists say the cool-down will only last a few days.

Still, some say it’s something to look forward to.

“I can get outside and not be unbearably hot the entire time,” Ryan Peters of Lincoln said.

“It’s gonna be awesome, and I can turn my air conditioner off, too!” Mary Ashbury of Lincoln said.