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May 22 2013

Arctic ice key to jet stream pattern changes


Reductions in Arctic sea ice levels have a greater effect on patterns of atmospheric circulation beyond the Arctic than previously thought. New research in the International Journal of Climatology indicates implications far beyond the Arctic leading to a weaker jet stream and less storminess in the mid-latitudes.

The jet stream consists of ribbons of very strong winds which move weather systems around the globe. Jet streams are found 9-16 km above the surface of the Earth.

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