Human Climate Change Is Wrecking the Jet Stream; UK Met Office Calls Emergency Meeting

argylesock says… If you understand this, you’re more of a climatologist than I am. The general story seems to be that the weather’s gone bonkers. Or if you want to be polite, we’re having a lot of ‘unusual seasons’ and it’s going to get worse. The UK Met (Meteorology) Office will hold a meeting next week to discuss this. The part I do understand is that times are hard for farmers and growers.


cloverleaf jet stream

(Weather model showing forecast temperature, high and low pressure for April 20. What this clover-leaf pattern roughly represents is the new ‘normal’ shape of the jet stream. Image source: here)

The UK Met recently called an emergency meeting with the world’s top climate scientists to discuss how melting polar ice is radically altering that country’s weather. A permanent blocking high pressure system has formed over Greenland. This high has, effectively, caused the Arctic to invade the UK with increasing ferocity. The state is now so extreme that the Met is calling a meeting of the world’s climate experts to discuss what the future may hold.

Dr. Slingo, Britain’s top climate scientist notes how persistent high pressure systems are blocking the polar wind pattern from moving. What this means is that the weather simply cannot change. Increasingly, the UK has become a part of the Arctic. Slingo noted to ITV…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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1 Response to Human Climate Change Is Wrecking the Jet Stream; UK Met Office Calls Emergency Meeting

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