Cooler temperatures expected in Elkhart County next week

Highs are expected to be in low 70s, but is it a “winter blast” or “polar vortex” as some are calling it?

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

ELKHART — One website calls it a “winter blast” while a Chicago newspaper blog headline used the term “polar vortex.”

But for many, a cold front expected to arrive next week in parts of the Midwest will feel more like a pleasantly cool summer day.

Despite some inflammatory terminology, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in North Webster said a trough of cold air will arrive Tuesday, July 15, and keep high temperatures in the low 70s for a few days.

Meteorologist Courtney Obergfell said those temperatures will be about 10 to 15 degrees below normal for highs during this time of year.

Lows will be in the middle 50s, which is about 10 degrees short of record-setting territory.

“It’s not technically a vortex,” Obergfell said, adding that that weather phenomena continually exists in northern reaches of Canada, but won’t be dipping into the Midwest.

“It’s going to be cooler than we might typically see where temperatures get into the 90s, but it’s not anything extreme,” Obergfell said.

Drudge Report, one of the most popular news websites in the nation, made the topic its main focus Thursday afternoon with the headline, “Winter Blast in July!” while a blog for the Sun-Times in Chicago and other news outlets called it a polar vortex.

Asked if it is irresponsible to use such terms, Obergfell replied, “People can call it what they want, (but) scientifically, it’s not the most accurate term.”

The forecast for Elkhart County through the rest of this week includes sunny conditions Friday and a high near 80. The weekend includes a chance of rain or thunderstorms from Friday night until Sunday. Highs through the weekend will hover around 80, according to the weather service.


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