A Long, Cold Winter

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers at Rutgers University say that warming temperatures in the Arctic have affected the jet stream causing the bitter winter in the midwestern and southeastern United States and they say get used to it!

    Here on the East Coast of the U.S., winter has not been kind to us this year.  Researchers say they know why.  A new study from Rutgers University indicates that the unusually chilly temperatures in the Midwest and southeastern US are due to a slowing in the high-altitude polar jet stream which is driving cold polar air to the south.  But why?  You probably guessed it—climate change.  Researchers said that the warming of Arctic air now means there is less of a temperature difference when polar air hits air from lower latitudes.  They say the jet stream is driven by the temperature contrast and since now there’s not much of a “contrast,” weather patterns are changing.  Researchers continued with saying “we can expect more of the same and we can expect it to happen more frequently.