While the global conditions contributing to climate change continue, as Trump's skepticism on the phenomenon signals the US will not be playing a leading role on the topic as it has previously, at least the polar vortex is skipping town later this week.
Yes, it can be weirdly cold in parts of the United States while global temperatures are still warmer than average. As Jason Samenow put it: "The polar vortex has fractured, and the eastern United States faces a punishing stretch of winter weather".
"The actual main goal of this term, 'polar vortex, ' is for the journalists to sound credible and convey a thesis about the climate that is absolutely idiotic", wrote theoretical physicist Lubos Motl, an assistant professor at Harvard from 2004 to 2007. However, in recent years, it seems to be meandering southward every so often.
That's what happened this week: the jet stream managed to split the descending polar vortex into three.
Mr. Trump followed up the above tweet with several more in spring of 2013, frequently stating the same thing - "It's freezing and/or snowing in NY - where the hell is global warming?".
So, how can it be so cold as the planet heats up?
And it's linked to the Arctic.
Frances Fisher wrote: "It's called Climate Change you a******".
Dr. Russell says, "We've only started to see these really big outbreaks really recently".
Roger A. Pielke Sr., senior research scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, said the polar-vortex phenomenon isn't new. This time of year that means more intense winter storms. Most of America under a massive frozen storm is an extreme weather event. Thirty-three percent of Republicans think climate change is caused by human activity, while 72 percent of Democrats do.
The problem with Trump's analysis is that climate and weather are not the same thing. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time. Knew it in that terrible moment just before peeling off the blankets, when you thought, "This is the warmest and most comfortable I'll feel all day".
"The atmosphere is always trying to balance out its energy", Wagstaffe said.
She tweeted: "Global warming is a warming World".