MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: Beast from the East explained - why is it so cold?

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    Prof Tom Choularton, head of the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Manchester, said at this time of year there is normally a polar vortex - a large mass of cold air - in the upper atmosphere, also known as the stratosphere. This vortex is what causes air to usually move from west to east.

    Period26 Feb 2018

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    • snow
    • meteorology
    • weather
    • polar vortex
    • atmospheric science