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January 24 2014

23:51

Video Friday: Extreme Weather, the Jet Stream, and Global Warming

With the eastern half of the United States under a deep freeze and the phrase “polar vortex” making the rounds (and no, despite Rush Limbaugh’s breathless ranting, it isn’t a term just made up by evil climate scientists), we circle back around to the discussion of climate vs. weather  and get a grasp on how the jet stream works in this video from The Film Archive.

The irony is that global warming my cause more bitterly cold winters in the eastern U.S. due to a rapidly warming Arctic and its effect on the jet stream. Of course, in any case, winters are still cold.

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June 21 2013

22:05

Video Friday: Climate, Arctic Sea Ice and Weather Whiplash

We have two videos today from Yale Climate Forum exploring the connection between Arctic ice, the jet stream and “weather whiplash.” In the first video, Rutgers University climate researcher Dr.Jennifer Francis and Dr. Jeff Masters discusses this connection in terms of the “mirror image” spring weather over much of North America between 2012 and 2013.

In the second video, climatologist Dr. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research offers some skepticism about the impact between Arctic sea ice and the observed weather with a response to Trenberth’s concerns from Francis. This exchange of ideas serves as an example of top scientists working in their fields to better understand the implications and consequences of global climate change.


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July 05 2010

16:06

Volcanic Ash Research Shows How Plumes End Up in the Jet Stream

  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100419162310.htm ScienceDaily (July 3, 2010) — A University at Buffalo volcanologist, an expert in volcanic ash cloud transport, published a paper recently showing how the jet stream — the area in the atmosphere that pilots prefer to fly in — also seems to be the area most likely to be impacted by plumes from volcanic ash. “That’s [...]
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