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NBC’s Avalos says Polar Vortex is unlikely

LA GRANGE PARK – Although it's easy to get excited about fall being just around the corner with cool nights and changing, colored leaves, many people have the same looming thought about what happens after fall; are we doomed to suffer through another Polar Vortex?

In a one-on-one interview with NBC's meteorologist Andy Avalos, the weatherman said it's highly unlikely residents will experience last year's immense snow fall and plummeting temperatures again this year.

"I do not anticipate this winter being nearly as horrible as last year," Avalos said. "That's a pretty safe thing to say, because it'd be asking something of Mother Nature to put two winters like that back to back. It can happen, but I think it's unlikely."

Avalos – who can be seen reporting the weather forecast from 4 to 7 a.m. on NBC Channel 5 – hosted an All Things About Weather presentation Aug. 6 at Plymouth Place Senior Living.

He said while the average snow fall in a year for the Chicago area is about 38 inches. Last year alone the area saw 82 inches.

"We had literally two winters worth of snow," Avalos said.

While the weather changes day-to-day and season-to-season, Avalos said there are extremes, such as the Polar Vortex, in every season every year.

"The weather is never a constant," Avalos said. "We all think weather is etched in stone and it's not." 

During his hour-long presentation, which was followed by a Q & A session with the audience, Avalos outlined several types of weather and how residents should react in various situations. He said there's always something new to learn with the evolving science of weather.

"You're never too young and never too old to learn about the weather," Avalos said.

Whether or not residents will face a second treacherous winter season, it's still important for families to have an outlined severe weather plan, according to Avalos. He said the family weather plan should be practiced, discussed and organized.

"It's incumbent upon you as the individual to be knowledgeable about the weather," Avalos said. "In the end it's incumbent on you to pay attention, stay alert, be informed and know what to do when the time comes to save yourself and your family."

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