First, what is a “polar vortex”? It’s not even listed in the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary (yet), although it’s become a very popular term in the last few years.
As I understand it (and feel free to improve my understanding), it’s literally a cyclone of low-pressure air in the upper troposphere and stratosphere that rotates around the North Pole. (Ditto for the South Pole.)
Cold air is heavier than warm air, so when the vortex is strong, all is well, but if the cyclone weakens in strength, then warm air from beneath can force it’s way up under the cyclone, knocking it off center or even breaking it into several smaller elongated areas.
The first week of January 2021, there was a profound temperature change in Siberia—from – 92°F to +8°F—a one-hundred-degree jump, known as a “Sudden Stratospheric Warming” (SSW) that seriously disrupted our happy 2021 North Polarian Vortex, shooting one leg down toward Europe and another toward Canada and America. Weather and finance prognosticators are predicting the possibility of frigid weather and economic storms: “This year, the pandemic has already hobbled travel and in-store shopping. Snowstorms, however, could be a nightmare for delivery services” (Brian K. Sullivan, Yahoo! Finance).
If you have three minutes to watch a video, I think this one shared by a Philly newscaster yesterday gives the best, most concise explanation:
What does all this mean for those of us living in the northern areas of North America and Europe? Well, if you have a few extra dollars, you might buy a few extra groceries and think twice before making plans to travel in the next few weeks. On the other hand, I notice that those weathered scientists who’ve lived through many storms are reluctant to predict whether the sky will actually fall or the polar vortex really come to town, because we all know that the only thing we can know for certain about weather is whether or not there will be weather. There will be. What we don’t know for certain is what the weather will be.
On the other hand, Jesus will becoming to town for sure! We don’t know when, but the Bible predicts it with complete certainty: “Behold, he [Jesus] is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty‘” (Revelation 1:7-8).
Are you ready to meet the King of Kings? Is it in your heart to deny Him and make war against Him, or to bow down before him in worship and adoration? He loves you and is calling you to come to Him, but he gives the choice to you. What will it be?
If you’re not certain what to believe, may I share with you “Pascal’s Wager”? Basically, he posits that humans are forced to either believe that God is or that He is not because no one can prove or disprove God’s existence. Therefore, it is more reasonable to believe the God of the Bible exists, since the gain if He does exist (eternal life for those who believe) far outweighs the loss (eternal separation from God after death), whereas the gain if He does not exist (more license to a licentious lifestyle) is of questionable value, and if there is no life after death, then there is nothing to lose after death because you believed.
“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).