“Everyone thinks of Arctic climate change as this remote phenomenon that has little effect on our everyday lives,” said Cornell University’s Charles H. Greene. “But what goes on in the Arctic remotely forces our weather patterns here.”

Summit County Citizens Voice

‘Arctic wildcard stacking the deck in favor of more severe winter outbreaks

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Evidence continues to mount that melting Arctic ice is having a significant effect in the mid-latitudes, where most people live, and it’s not something that’s going to take decades to develop.

Instead, researchers say, the warming of the high latitudes has decreased a historic pressure gradient at the boundary of the high- and mid latitudes. Basically, the pressure difference has decreased, and that is having a fundamental effect on the way the jet stream moves from west to east in the northern hemisphere.

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