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Table Talk: The Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex Weather System Brings Artic Temperatures Across Wide Swath Of U.S.

Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table. This week’s topic is the Polar Vortex.

Story to read: U.S. Cold Weather Shatters Records As Polar Air Brings Temperatures Into Single-Digits

What to say to your kids: Some very cold weather hit the U.S. this week, causing temperatures to drop to record-breaking lows.

As the AP explains: “The big chill started in the Midwest over the weekend, caused by a kink in the “polar vortex,” the strong winds that circulate around the North Pole. By Tuesday, the icy air covered about half the country, and records were shattered like icicles up and down the Eastern Seaboard.”

It got so cold in some places that you could throw a boiling pot of water into the air and it would instantly turn into snow. But the intense cold was definitely not all fun and games; it was also dangerous. If a person is in the cold too long, he or she can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia. Luckily, a very good way to avoid danger is to stay cozy inside.

Questions for discussion:

• Did it get cold this week where you live?

• Why do you think some scientists believe the extreme temperatures were related to global warming?

• What are some of your favorite things to do when it’s too cold to go outside?

 

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