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Climate Change and the Jet Stream - Climate Central

Climate Change and the Jet Stream
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Evidence for a wavier jet stream in response to rapid Arctic warming

Studies of new metrics of rapid Arctic warming and more frequent high-amplitude (wavy) jet-stream configurations “suggest that as the Arctic continues to warm faster than elsewhere in response to rising greenhouse-gas concentrations, the frequency of extreme weather events caused by persistent jet-stream patterns will increase.”

~ Environmental Research Letters, Jennifer A Francis & Stephen J Vavrus, published by IOP Publishing Ltd, January 2015. [Open Access to study available on IOP Science.]

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