Does this have to do with some sort of polar shift?
It's more likely man-made.
Check this link: weather modification
Yeah, HAARP is definitely a possibility.
I don't watch Faux or any mainstream media Mockingbirds, but I was surprised to hear they would report (admit) something like this.
Faux trotted it out to try to knock it down:
"Conspiracy theorists love to argue that various world governments seek to control the weather; they cite “chemtrails” and cloud seeding and so on. The topic has even pervaded popular culture, from “The Simpsons” to “The X-Files.”
The group’s first two meetings, May 20 and June 19, were closed-door in their entirety, save for a list of participants.
On July 17 in Washington D.C., closed-door morning and evening meetings book-ended a public session, however, offering a peek into the group’s plans -- and it’s nothing worthy of Fox Mulder’s time, explained Edward Dunlea, study director with the National Academies."