The Arctic temperatures are expected to last into early 2018, Environment Canada said. AFP / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY
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The weather in the U.S. is that upside down. That's because the Arctic's deeply frigid weather escaped its regular atmospheric jail that traps the worst cold. Forecasters don't think the storm will hit the East Coast, keeping most of the snow and worst winds over open ocean, although parts of the Northeast are still likely to get high winds, waves and some snow.This is an area of hot debate and research among scientists and probably is a mix of human-caused climate change and natural variability, said Furtado. Climate change hasn't made the polar vortex more extreme, but it probably is making it move more, which makes the weather seem more extreme, he said.Don't confuse weather – which is a few days or weeks in one region – with climate, which is over years and decades and global.
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