Here in the Midwest, we’re bracing for the latest round of unpredictable weather. People have read that a “polar vortex” will be moving through this week, producing unseasonably cool temperatures in Ohio and its neighbors, and there’s been a lot of chatter about it.
The meteorologists are debating whether the incoming weather conditions really should be called a polar vortex at all — but the average Joe doesn’t care about the scientific mumbo-jumbo. The fact is, we like having weather phenomena to talk about. It’s basic, inoffensive stuff that you can talk about with anyone, and since it’s always changing, it’s a constant source of new fodder for conversation. “Hot enough for ya?” “That thunderstorm last night was a big one, wasn’t it?” “This is the snowiest winter in years.” Sure, it’s boring — but remember, this is the Midwest.
The predicted “polar vortex” (or not) that is headed our way consists of thunderstorms followed by a few days of high temperatures in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s. Compared to tornadoes and other bad weather conditions, it’s pretty tame. In fact, it sounds like a delightful break from the normal July menu of blazing days in the 90s and hot, muggy nights. We’ll probably open our windows and enjoy the cool air.
And then, of course, we’ll all talk about it.