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Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change?


Environment  (tags: climate-change, weather, research, environment, world )

Cal
- 52 days ago - e360.yale.edu
Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter -- from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain -- is linked to climate change



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John S. (294)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 4:10 am
There's two anomalies, hey need to be viewed as one event of they will keep missing the reason.
 

Birgitta S. (216)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 4:17 am
as a NON "scientist" : think so. :-((
 

tasunka m. (334)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 4:42 am
DUH, 95% of the scientists could be wrong but I highly doubt it
thanks Cal
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 5:33 am
Then there's the HAARP factor that no one wants to talk about. Things that just make you go hmmm!
 

PrimaSICK B. (1275)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 6:28 am
There's no doubt!
 

Barry B. (17)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 8:32 am

This is a trick question, right?
 

Sylvie A. (86)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 11:27 am
Selon moi, ça ne fait aucun doute.
 

jan b. (3)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 12:26 pm
What makes it so difficult to target is that two things are going on at the same time. Man made and normal changes.
 

Winn Adams (178)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 12:56 pm
Absolutely!
 

donald Baumgartner (3)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 3:06 pm
YES!!!!
 

Dave C. (204)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 3:25 pm
I would have to say there is some correlation....but I cannot prove it.....so I will read and trust the scientists....
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 3:48 pm
"Everyone is blaming the jet stream, which drives most weather in mid-latitudes."

Well, yes. But what is affecting the jet stream is us. I live in Minnesota, we are having a winter just like all of those we had when I was growing up until my mid 40's, when things began to change. The jet stream we knew little of then but it flowed around the world at roughly the Canadian-US border, sometimes dipping a bit into Minnesota and bringing us extremely cold winters, with lots of snow. Warming in the arctic has pushed so much extra moisture into the atmosphere that the jet stream now oscillates wildly. What it did during the 90's and first five years of this century was dip across the middle of Minnesota, giving us brown Christmases for several years and pushing all the snow below us into Iowa and states on that latitude. 9 of our top 10 warmest winters have occurred in the last 12 years. Two years ago we had NO snow in March, no rain, the warmest winter I can recall, and we had a week in mid-March (usually our snowiest month though it doesn't stay on the ground long) in the 80's, all records by a large margin.

This year, with that huge arctic melt last summer, the jet stream has dropped farther than ever, leaving us in Minnesota with an old time "normal" winter but bring the polar vortex as far south as Texas and Georgia. We would normally see a warm front from California push over the Rockies and give us a week of 30's, some 40's in January, not this year though, the jet stream was so strong and so fueled by all that new moisture, every warm front stalled far west of us. Instead of a ~~~~~~~~ jet stream we've had a V with that point reaching farther south than ever. This IS climate change brought about by global warming. This is not normal behavior, anywhere around the world really. I don't think there are anything like 5% of meteorologists that are skeptical about this at all. Sure there are a few Koch financed sellouts who try to deflect the science, but in this case, they can run, but they can't hide. Climate change is here and it is only going to get worse. What took a century to create is not going to be fixed by tiny reductions in carbon emissions in a couple years. The worst, and that will be much worse, is still coming like a freight train.
 

Alfred Donovan (44)
Friday February 28, 2014, 1:56 am
There is definitely some thing affecting the climate and I strongly suspect it's we humans who are to blame.
 

Sonali G. (0)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 8:37 am
Thanks for this insightful article into a complex phenomenon like the weather. Here in Scotland we have been having a very 'mild' winter whilst down south, they have been having a very wild time of it and I don't envy them at all. We have had our fair share of freakish weather in recent years, no doubt about it.
 

Michela m. (3405)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 4:33 pm


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Muriel Servaege (37)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 1:04 pm
Of course.There is no doubt about that!
 
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