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February 10–14, 1899: Great Arctic Outbreak

Long before the term “polar vortex” was introduced into the popular vernacular during the Arctic outbreaks of January 2014 and January 2015, Americans from coast to coast experienced what remains perhaps the most extreme occurrence of a cold wave plunging south across the United States from Canada, during what has become known as the Great Arctic Outbreak of February 1899.  

Contributing Editor SEAN POTTER is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.       

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