This is What the Polar Vortex Looks Like from Space

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech AIRS Project.





The U.S. Midwest has been taken over by the lowest temperatures recorded in recent years.

It is so cold in the Midwest, that people have been suggested to stay inside, and avoid leaving their houses as the temperature plummets towards -50 Degrees Celsius.

The freezing temperatures have been caused by an unusually cold Arctic Air mass called a Polar Vortex.







The unusually cold temperatures are clearly visible in this visual model from NASA’s Earth Observatory.

The image seen below represents temperature by color at 4 a.m. EST on Jan. 29 at 6.5 feet above the ground, according to a statement from the NASA Earth Observatory.

The model from NASA shown here below, allows us to see the polar vortex as it moves from Canada across the Midwest of the United States from Jan. 20 through Jan. 29.

In the GIF image, the purple color represents the coldest temperatures.

 Image Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech AIRS Project.

Image Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech AIRS Project.

NASA used a combination of two instruments to create a “three-dimensional map of atmospheric temperature and humidity, cloud amounts and heights, greenhouse gas concentrations and many other atmospheric phenomena,” according to a statement by the Space Agency.

The polar vortex is responsible for a number of deaths, disruptions to services, and energy outages in the affected areas.

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