Climate Change Is Causing Extreme Cold Winters

Posted: Oct 27 2016, 5:47am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Climate Change is Causing Extreme Cold Winters
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  • Global Warming is the Reason behind Very Cold Winters in US and UK

Apparently, global warming is the real reason behind very cold winters in the west.

One of the unintended side effects of global warming and climate change may be extreme winters that leave everyone chilled to the bone. This phenomenon is especially so in the UK and USA.

The warming in the Arctic is supposedly causing the jet stream to react. The jet stream is an area of very speedy air that is situated at a great height. It can cause very sharp cold waves in the atmosphere.

It is the jet stream that may have been the actual cause behind the record amount of snowfall in New York in 2014 and 2015. Also the very cold winters in the UK in 2009, 2010 and 2011 probably occurred due to this phenomenon.

The previous studies have shown that when the jet stream goes on an erratic and irregular path, the result is normally a lot of cold fronts. These dive down southwards from the Arctic.

They reach the mid-latitudes and bring freezing conditions in their wake. However, when the jet stream is even and steady, the winters in the USA and the UK are much milder than usual, according to

While all this is normal fare, in the last two decades, the Arctic jet stream has been amplified so that the winters have gotten more and more frigid. The extreme weather is the end result of this setup.

Predictability is the big thing which the weather experts are working on right now. They want to be able to pinpoint with accuracy how the small changes in weather affect larger patterns.

Once weather forecasting is more accurate, various communities in the USA and UK can heave a sigh of relief. They will be forewarned and thus forearmed against inclement weather conditions.

It is in the preparations for the winter season that the people of a community can protect themselves from the bone-chilling cold.

The findings of this study got published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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