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    Posted January 6, 2014 by
    skokie, Illinois
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

    "Vortex reminds me of Siberia youth"


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     egekhter says when he got the email from his dad today, 'I wasn't too surprised as he has been advocating "cold showers for strong health" for many years.' His dad, Vlad, lived in Siberia for 15 years and is usually one of the last people each year to swim in Lake Michigan.

    According to the CNN Weather Unit, 'The polar vortex is a term for the upper-level winds that surround the poles, namely the northern pole. The polar vortex is a jet stream and it exists miles up in the atmosphere. The polar vortex is always there, it is not something that only happens when cold air outbreaks occur. Sometimes this vortex becomes distorted and displaced, and as a result, cold Arctic air spills out into more southern regions.' You can read more on
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    My dad sent me this email today:
    I enjoy -40 C Vortex. It reminds me my youth in Siberia. I made this picture today.


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