The Polar Vortex, according to several websites including the weather channel and NOAA, is loosely described as an artic ‘hurricane’ where cold temps keep high winds circulating at the North pole. This occurs at the south pole as well, but we are being effected by what is happening to the north right now. Because artic temperatures have been warmer than usual, the vortex is less stable and is breaking off large patches of wind and cold that move south into North America and Northern Europe. NOAA considers this another symptom of climate change caused by global warming. We seem well entrenched into this pattern so, we will have ample opportunity to see if this is a cycle or not. Opinion and research supporting the views of deniers is in the minority. A large majority of scientists and gov’t leaders from other nations are, along with folks like me, being lumped into a group made up of fools, idiots, and doomsayers. We are accused of having an agenda at best or being stupid at worst.I fear we shall learn who was right and I hope that those who think like me are wrong. For if we are right, and things continue as they are, those who stood in the way of making an effort to slow or reverse this pattern will find themselves suffering the same fate as the rest of us.I returned from California last weekend. I saw signs of drought everywhere and the water being used to water the oranges, avocados, almonds, and many other crops by which I drove is coming from many miles away, depleting lakes, reservoirs, and aquifers. I talked to people who make their money off of farming, recreational lakes and canoeing, and they all complained that it has been years since they had sufficient rain and snowmelt.And while many said they didn’t used to believe in climate change, they say they do now.Nothing makes a believer better than being directly effected by that which was once denied.Respectfully,C.