argylesock says… The Jet Stream caused flooding in Britain last year. Now here it is again, further South than it would normally be. It’s part of the global changes in climate which we humans are causing.
After a quiet spell of weather courtesy of a slow moving area of high pressure, we are now entering an unsettled period as a series of Atlantic depressions are expected to pass close to the northwest of Britain during the next week.
High pressure has now moved away and is settled over Europe and a powerful jet stream is developing over the Atlantic which will be the main driving force behind this spell of unsettled weather.
What is the jet stream?
The jet stream is a band of fast moving westerly winds high up in the atmosphere which circle around the pole in the northern hemisphere. It can feature winds of up to 200 knots (230 mph) or more, and these winds tend to guide wet and windy weather systems which come in off the Atlantic.
The jet moves around a fair bit and its position can have a big…
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