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Escaping the Polar Vortex with Abeona

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

The polar vortex is a weather phenomenon that has become increasingly familiar to Canadians during the winter months. This weather pattern can cause severe cold temperatures and strong winds, leading to freezing and uncomfortable conditions. These last weeks have been somewhat challenging, and we catch ourselves dreaming of palm trees, wearing only one layer of clothes and dipping our toes into the warm sea – or at least of some temperatures that don’t make our teeth shake.

In this article, we will explore what the polar vortex is, how it affects Canada, and how Abeona can help you escape this extreme weather event. We’ll showcase to you some of our favourite destinations that are not too far away from home and yet offer much more hospitable environments in comparison to our Canadian winter.

A view of the Toronto skyscrapers in the winter

What is the Polar Vortex?

We have all experienced the phenomenon, but what really is the Polar Vortex? The polar vortex is a weather phenomenon that occurs naturally in the Earth's atmosphere. Scientifically, it is a large pocket of cold air that circulates in the stratosphere around the North and South Poles. The stratosphere is one of the five layers of our atmosphere, and it is located approximately 10 to 50 kilometres above the Earth's surface. It is a low-pressure system that can stretch up to 1,000 miles in diameter and rotates in a counterclockwise direction.

The polar vortex is formed when a large high-pressure system forms over the poles in the winter months, trapping cold air within its boundaries. The circulation of the polar vortex is influenced by a combination of factors, including the Earth's rotation, the temperature gradient between the poles and the equator, and the jet stream, which is a fast-moving current of air in the upper atmosphere.

When the polar vortex is stable and strong, it stays centred over the poles, keeping the cold air contained within its boundaries. However, when the polar vortex weakens, it can start to wobble and move away from the poles, allowing cold air to spill out into lower latitudes like Canada. This can cause cold waves, extreme winter weather events, and disruptions in transportation and infrastructure, as we have experienced in the last weeks.

While the polar vortex is a natural weather phenomenon, its behaviour can be influenced by human activities. Climate change, for example, can affect the temperature gradient between the poles and the equator, potentially leading to changes in the strength and stability of the polar vortex. This can have significant impacts on weather patterns and cause extreme events around the world.

In summary, the polar vortex is a natural weather phenomenon that occurs in the Earth's atmosphere when a high-pressure system forms over the poles, trapping cold air within its boundaries. While its behaviour can be influenced by various factors, it is primarily driven by the Earth's rotation, temperature gradient, and jet stream. Understanding the polar vortex and its behaviour is essential for predicting and preparing for extreme winter weather events.

And how does the Polar Vortex affect Canada?

A snowy street with a parked car in Canada

How does the Polar Vortex Affect Canada?

When the polar vortex moves south, it can cause the temperature to drop significantly in Canada. The colder air masses from the Arctic can create wind chills that make the air feel brutally colder than the actual temperature, meaning the “real feel temperature” is much lower than the actual one. In the last weeks, we’ve had Arctic temperatures recorded throughout Canada.

The winds from the polar vortex can also cause extreme weather conditions like blizzards, heavy snowfalls, and freezing rain. These conditions can sometimes create dangerous driving conditions and power outages.

As winter drags on in Canada, it's easy to feel like we'll never escape the cold and snow. However, there are many warm and sunny destinations just a few hours away by private jet. Chartering a private jet can make our journey more comfortable and convenient, allowing us to escape the cold weather and enjoy some sunshine in relatively close destinations like San Francisco, Las Vegas, or Orlando.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

San Francisco

San Francisco is one of our client’s favourite destinations. Mild temperatures, more sun and an abundance of things to do make “San Fran” a wonderful destination during the winter. While the city is known worldwide for famous landmarks, like Alcatraz Island, the Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and the Golden Gate Bridge, the vibrant food scene and cultural attractions make it appealing for every family member.

In the winter months, the temperature in San Francisco is typically in the mid-50s, making it a great place to escape the cold without experiencing extreme heat.

Close-up view of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign in Nevada

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is another popular destination for Canadians seeking to escape the cold weather here in Canada. Besides the world-famous casinos, luxurious hotels, and exciting nightlife, Las Vegas offers interesting hiking trails, national parks and valleys to explore.

Everyone who has been to Las Vegas knows that the high temperatures in summer make it almost unbearable to step outside during the daytime, which makes it an ideal destination during winter. During the winter months, the temperature in Las Vegas can range from the mid-50s to the mid-60s, making it a great place to enjoy the warm sun without getting burnt.

A view of Orlando condo buildings by water at sunset


Orlando is one of our favourite destinations when it comes to the whole family seeking to escape the cold and enjoy some family fun in the sun. Being THE home to several world-renowned theme parks, like Disney World and Universal Studios, other attractions, like the Kennedy Space Centre and the Orlando Science Centre, allow for some education during your vacation.

In the winter, the temperature in Orlando can range from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, making it a great place to enjoy the sunshine and mild weather.

A private jet about to takeoff

Benefits of Chartering a Private Jet

Chartering a private jet offer several benefits that make your winter escape even more enjoyable. Firstly, private jets allow you to avoid the long lines and delays associated with commercial air travel – we are not alone in our wish to escape the cold, and airports are often crowded.

Instead of getting all stressed at the airport and wasting your valuable time with the long waiting periods that come with flying commercial, you’ll arrive at the airport just minutes before your private flight and board the private jet right away without any stress. Additionally, private jets allow you to fly directly to your destination without having to make any connections or layovers. This can save you time and hassle, allowing you to start enjoying your warm weather escape as soon as possible.

Naturally, our private jets also provide more comfort than commercial airlines, with spacious and full-reclining seating, a highly personalized service, and in-flight amenities like catering and entertainment.

Abeona treats no client the same, and we are proud to offer our clients an old-school type of service that is up to the most modern standards.

Tree branches topped with fresh snow

Let's Plan Your Escape from Arctic Temperatures

In conclusion, if you're tired of the cold weather in Canada, chartering a private jet to a warmer destination like San Francisco, Las Vegas, or Orlando can be a great way to escape these Arctic temperatures and enjoy some sun and relaxation further away from the North Pole.

So, why not start planning your winter escape today? Please have no hesitation in reaching out to our team of concierges, and we'll be happy to help you plan your winter vacation.

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