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Tired of the weather? Blame the jet stream.

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Polar vortexes, snow storms and hurricanes, oh my!

Who’s tired of the crazy weather that most of the US and the UK are dealing with? I suspect that most are, in fact I don’t remember the last time I heard someone talk excitedly about being snowed in.

There is good news and bad news though, and like a true gentleman I will give the good news first. We know what is causing the weather changes we’ve seen.

The bad news is… well its a global warming problem and one not likely to be fixed anytime soon.

Hold the groans until the end please, I know some are not too keen on the idea of ‘global warming’. But the problem is very real and unless you want to deny the seemingly 50 feet of snow outside most of the East coast of America, then I would suggest you have all the proof you need. Especially if you are the guy who used a flame thrower to clear the snow.

I think he is just a little mad at global warming right now...

I think he is just a little mad at global warming right now…

So how or why is global warming to blame?

The jet stream is the culprit. Now for those of you who don’t remember, let’s cover what the jet stream is exactly. The jet stream is a high-speed air current in the atmosphere, one that is responsible for moving storms around for the Northern parts of the US and UK.

Now what does that have to do with global warming? The jet stream is caused by the temperature difference between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes. As the temperature in the Arctic increases, [again due to global warming] the difference in the two temperatures decrease, so the jet stream slows down and changes it’s shape.

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A simple graphic to show how the jet stream works.

This means that the jet stream can no longer push through areas of high or low pressure like it once did, instead it acts like gently flowing water finding the path of least resistance, compared to a raging river which will eventually form it’s own path.

Thus we have strong weather patterns [made stronger due to, once again, global warming] that hold their position for much longer, because the jet stream doesn’t have the speed required to push the storm out.

That is the bad news, made especially bad by recent reports on climate change have shown that the global warming problem is still not slowing down.

Now that everyone is nice and depressed, I will attempt to end this on a good note with a little more good news.

Secretary of State, John Kerry is holding a climate change summit with a small group of countries, including of course, the US and China, the two main contributors to the global warming problem.

With a little faith and a lot of cooperation, the rest of the world has to sit back and watch the governments try to solve the problem. It won’t be easy and it won’t be fun, but you know the good thing about global warming getting worse? It is becoming cheaper to fix the problem instead of ignore it. And if history has taught us anything this is good. Since the bottom line, no matter what the human cost, is usually the money.

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4 responses

  1. Yay

    February 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    • Pssssssh global warming … right.

      February 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      • Don’t make me take away your new vacuum.

        February 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    • Woofuckinghoo

      February 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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