TODAY   |  January 08, 2014

The polar vortex is real! Al proves it

TODAY’s Al Roker digs back into his old textbooks to prove that “polar vortex,” a phrase much heard during the cold wave that has affected much of the country in recent days, is in fact a real meteorological term.

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>>> let's get a check of the weather right now.

>> a lot of folks saying there's no such thing as a polar vortex and it's some left-wing media conspiracy. let me tell you something. first of all, we've never used the phrase global warming or climate change in conjunction with this. this is from my textbook from college, the glossary of meteorology copyright 1959 , okay. and here we go. take a look right here. polar vortex . there it is. the large-scale cyclonic circulation in the middle specifically two centers. okay. so for all the doubters out there, stop it!

>> yeah.

>> that book also has something on big foot in it, doesn't it?

>> it absolutely does. and of course, i'm dating myself, too.

>> you still have that book?

>> but anyway, you're looking -- you've got the storm system coming across, it's going to bring rain. but the good news is, temperatures are going to warm up heading into the weekend. rain moving into the pacific north, as well. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods.