Here’s the thing: Shauna Theel has a video on the Polar Vortex vs. Rush Limbaugh:

Published on Jan 9, 2014

Media Matters Climate & Energy Program Director Shauna Theel debunks Rush Limbaugh’s conspiracy that the “polar vortex” was created by the media to lie to you about climate change.

Peter Gleick previously posted this Google Ngram on the term “Polar Vortex” and al Roker tweeted about it as well:

Here’s a bigger copy of Peter’s ngram:



  1. […] Rush Limbaugh and the Liberal Polar Vortex [Greg Laden's Blog] […]

  2. #2 Richard Chapman
    January 12, 2014

    NBC weather man Al Roker proved Rush Limbaugh wrong and that the term “Polar Vortex” has been in use for many decades. Check out his brief but sharp attack on the corpulent Right Winger and sign a petition thanking Al for his good work if you are so inclined.

  3. […] Rush Limbaugh is claiming the polar vortex isn’t real, and is just made up by the media. Because of course he is. (This is also why the proper term for it is “climate change,” and not “global warming.”) […]