COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Arctic summer wind shift could affect sea ice loss and U.S./European weather
Description: A research team has examined the wind patterns in the subarctic in the early summer between 2007 and 2012 as compared to the average for 1981 to 2010. They discovered that the previously normal west-to-east flowing upper-level winds have been replaced by a more north-south undulating, or wave-like pattern. This new wind pattern transports warmer air into the Arctic and pushes Arctic air farther south, and may influence the likelihood of persistent weather conditions in the mid-latitudes. [Source: NOAA News]
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Source: NOAA News
Publish Date: 10/16/2012
Reading Level: Basic
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