Climate Change Driving Cold Winter Via Arctic Ice Loss

Climate scientists have linked the massive snowstorms and bitter spring weather now being experienced across Britain and large parts of Europe and North America to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice, reports John Vidal at the UK Guardian.  Both the extent and the volume of the sea ice that forms and melts each year in the Arctic Ocean fell to an historic low last autumn, and the ice extent is now close to the minimum recorded for this time of year. “The sea ice is going rapidly. It’s 80% less than it was just 30 years ago. There has been a dramatic loss. This is a symptom of global warming and it contributes to enhanced warming of the Arctic,” said Rutgers Institute researcher Jennifer Francis, who predicted a cold winter for the northern hemisphere, based on 2012’s record Arctic ice melt.  Arctic ice loss adds heat to the ocean and atmosphere which shifts the position of the jet stream – the high-altitude river of air that steers storm systems and governs most weather in northern hemisphere. Basically, it allows cold Arctic air to plunge much further south.

 

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Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss. Climate scientists have linked the massive snowstorms and bitter spring weather now being experienced across Britain and large parts of Europe and North America to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice. The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/25/frozen-spring-arctic-sea-ice-loss

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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