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Extreme Weather Events Linked to Climate Change Impact on the Jet Stream

Climate change's impact on the Northern Hemisphere's polar jet stream is leading to more extreme weather events, according to an international team of researchers.

To blame, says the study, is the warming of the Arctic. This leads to the jet stream, a global atmospheric river of eastward wind encompassing the planet, becoming stuck in place. This means that the jet stream's peaks and troughs also stay put, leading to droughts and torrential rainfall for weeks on end, if not longer.

 

MIKE BRANOM is a freelance writer and former weather reporter based in Pasadena, California.

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