Recommended Reading: Polar Vortex Edition

Have you ever felt your nose hairs freeze? Many of us in the midwest and northeast regions of the United States are getting the chance this winter as severe cold weather has created some dangerous (as well as nasally weird) conditions. So, whether you’re stuck inside today because you could get frostbite after 5 minutes or you’re smugly observing the polar vortex from somewhere warm, check out our list of interesting reads about the science of winter weather.

The polar vortex of late January 2019, captured by NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) (image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech AIRS Project)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a good scientific discussion about the sensation of frozen nose hairs. Researchers, get to work!

The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes (from 2014)