Daily Archives: March 29, 2013

How a persistent winter could have its roots in global warming – Jennifer Francis

9:45 AM, March 28, 2013

Every Thursday, MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences we’re seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide. (MPR Illustration)
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If it seems difficult to imagine how a warming climate can contribute to a cold, persistent winter like the one we’ve been experiencing, consider this: The rapid disappearance of sea ice and the overall warming of the Arctic tend to push the jet stream farther south. In turn, the jet stream tends to make weather patterns stay put.

Jennifer Francis, research professor with the Rutgers Institute of Coastal and Marine Science, is quoted in The Guardian as saying that the loss of Arctic ice “is affecting the jet stream and leading to the extreme weather we are seeing in mid-latitudes … It allows the cold air from the Arctic to plunge much further south. The pattern can be slow to change because the [southern] wave of the jet stream is getting bigger. It’s now at a near record position, so whatever weather you have now is going to stick around.” (read more).

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3MIN News March 29, 2013

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‘Cyber-attacks grow every year in size & scale’

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Inside Story Americas – Cyber warfare: Where are the limits?

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Indonesian island aims to be clean energy model


Egypt struggles with climate change

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Shell Oil’s Plan For Drilling In The Arctic Falling Apart At The Seams!

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Guess what? Science makes you a better person…


How global warming prevented spring’s arrival & could cause death & destruction

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Religious Leaders Call On Obama To STOP DRONES NOW!

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