Typically, weather patterns are never constant, and balancing the thermal extremes at the poles and equator results in these patterns. Ocean currents and wind patterns are driven by these temperature differences, and for the most part, our populated areas are habitable, and farmlands are productive.
In a study of the wind patterns in recent decades, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany believes there may be a link between recent extreme weather events and climate change.
Generally speaking, wind patterns pull warm air from the equator and cool air from the poles. These winds come and go in waves. Studying the last 30-odd years of weather data in the Northern Hemisphere, Potsdam researcher Vladimir Petoukhov wrote, “During several recent extreme weather events, these planetary waves almost freeze in their tracks for weeks.”
According to the theory, climate change is stopping these waves from moving as quickly. Instead of having a couple of hot days followed by cooler days, the heat stretches for weeks.
On the backside of the wave, the cooler weather lasts for weeks as well. These extremes are killing off crops and livestock, which drive up food prices. The same heatwaves also kill thousands of people every year.
Climate change has been suggested as a reason for extreme weather patterns, which is why some people are confused when Global Warming and Extreme Winter Storm are mentioned in the same sentence, but this new theory could explain it. The planetary weather wave system seems to have a crest of 1,500 to 2,500 miles, but the speed is variable. Climate change seems to be slowing these waves down, which is leading to such extreme weather events, both hot and cold.
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bnjroo, you are just one of the many claiming the weather is becoming more extreme. There is no evidence of this, extreme weather events have occured frequently in the past, the only thing that has change is the instant, worldwide TV coverage of the events. Even the London Met office admit that there has been no warming for the past 16 years.
James Hansen is a disgrace, trying to convince the gullible that sever cold weather is really global warming is just sick. Get a real job where you don't have to lie! ,
@Copie it is a poorly worded phenomenon. people hear 'global warming' and can't connect this to a severe winter storm. temperatures are getting more extreme on both ends of the scale, but overall, the average temperature is rising, hence the name. it's probably more accurate to simply call it 'climate change'
FORMER climate blame believers are better planet lovers.
*Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets ruled by corporations and trustworthy politicians
*Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).
The real problem you remaining climate change believers have is your grandkids explaining you to their grandkids exactly the same way you would explain Reefer Madness to your grandkids. “I see the signs!” “We cannot deny the change!” Right now you doomers look like the last fella ever to show up to the party still dressed in disco duds. Nice job girls. You held a spear of CO2 fear to our children’s backs just to make sure they turned the lights out more often and stayed “environ MENTAL y aware. How many climate blame believers did it take to change a light bulb? None but they did have full consensus that it would change, maybe. How will history judge Climate Blame Belief? -History will note that not one single IPCC warning ever said the end of the world would or will happen, only might and could happen. Check for yourself. -History will note that your solution to what we all knew was an exaggeration was to tax the air we breathe with bankster funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians. -Worst of all, (besides asking why climate blame wasn’t a war crime), is the embarrassment of history remembering us all for begging “OUR” politicians to make the ultimate election promise: To force us to sacrifice our lifestyles to control the climate so the weather is colder and “tamed”. Modern day witch burning perhaps?
@DavidNutzuki sorry, not old enough to even care what reefer madness is, something about refrigerator trucks? CONVOY. Anyways, your comment had practically nothing to do with the post, which I found odd, but not entirely unheard of.
so what exactly do you have against efficiency?