Climate Matters: Weather Systems Stalling


“It seems like the weather, increasingly, is getting stuck.” Meteorologist Paul Douglas explains this weather pattern that seems to be stuck in a rut. Swells, drought and a polar vortex! Learn how it is impacting everywhere from Hawaii/Alaska all the way to Europe. The Winter Olympics may feel more like the Summer Olympics!

White House: The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes

by Becky Fried | January 08, 2014  | Release URL Here at the White House, while we’re beginning to thaw from this week’s bone-chilling deep freeze, our discussions about the science of weather extremes are heating up. We know that no single weather episode proves or disproves climate change. Climate refers to the patterns observed in the weather…

Yale: Climate, Jetstream and Polar Vortex


Blanket 24/7 media coverage of the short but frigid ‘Polar Vortex’ temperatures — climate change? global warming? — provides a cornucopia of material for this month’s ‘This is Not Cool’ video.

The Science of the Polar Vortex and Jet Stream

At least since around 2001 we have study papers connecting the polar vortex / jet stream behavior to anomalies, such as cold weather outbreaks or precipitation changes. The polar vortex phenomenon was described as early as 1853. In recent years studies linked changes in the cryosphere to the polar vortex. Feel free to suggest further study papers in the comments.…

Polar Vortex, Jet Stream and Climate Change

Current coverage of polar vortex intrusion. ‘Polar vortex’ could send wind chill to 65 below zero in Midwest More realtime coverage Carson Walker: Temperature records will likely be broken during the short, yet forceful deep freeze that will begin in many places on Sunday and extend into early next week. That’s thanks to a perfect…

US Midwest – Jet Stream delivers Dangerous Flash Floods – “A Water World” (August 2013)

August 8 2013: Mangled Jet Stream Delivers Four Months Worth of Rain in One Week to Missouri; Central, Eastern US to Remain Under Severe Flood Threat ABC News last night, in the below video, aptly described the hardest-hit areas as turning into ‘a water world.’ The coverage shows storm shocked residents staring in awe at…

Greenland Anomaly: Late Season Melt Pulse + Methane Emissions August 4th 2013

Follow ClimateState on facebook for climate research https://www.facebook.com/ClimateState Extensive Dark Snow, Very Large Melt Lakes Visible Over West Slope of Greenland as Late Season Melt Pulse Continues by robertscribbler on August 5, 2013 http://robertscribbler.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/extensive-dark-snow-very-large-melt-lakes-visible-over-west-slope-of-greenland-as-late-season-melt-pulse-continues/ Sat Image source: NSIDC http://nsidc.org/greenland-today/ Methane visualization 4th August 2013 MODIS Terra & Aqua (MODIS Combined Value-Added) Aerosol Optical Depth via…

Why Global Warming Should Keep You Awake at Night: Dr. Jennifer Francis Gives Chilling Testimony to Congress

Via Robertscribbler: In a July 18 testimony to Congress, Dr. Jennifer Francis, an atmospheric scientist from Rutgers and key innovator to understanding how climate change has brought about dangerous alterations to the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream, provides five compelling reasons why we should all be quite concerned about human caused global warming. They include: 1.…

Does Sea Ice loss create the condition for an emerging permanent El Nino state?

Recently Doug asked: “…my question is, how far could this phenomenon go? What is the “end” state? Is it possible for example that we could find the jet stream staying in place for months at a time, years, decades? How wavy could this waviness become?” A main theme of Sea ice loss seems to be…

Arctic Amplification(Extreme Weather): Jennifer Francis June 6, 2013

This video is part of a Climate Desk event “Climate Desk Live 06/06/13: The Alarming Science Behind Climate Change’s Increasingly Wild Weather” featuring top climate researcher Jennifer Francis. Watch the full event (including Stu Ostro on atmospheric thickness) here . Event website http://climatedesk.org/2013/05/climat… For more detail on Francis’s research, see: Arctic Warming Favors Extreme, Prolonged Weather Events…

The Alarming Science Behind Climate Change’s Increasingly Wild Weather: Ostro And Francis On Video

By Joe Romm / Climate Progress: Earlier this month, Chris Mooney moderated a terrific Climate Desk event featuring top climate researcher Jennifer Francis along with senior Weather Channel meteorologist (and former skeptic) Stu Ostro. Climate Desk summarizes their findings: Ostro’s observations suggest that global warming is increasing the atmosphere’s thickness, leading to stronger and more persistent ridges…

Canada Calgary Aerial View + Bob Sanford speaks Floods June 22, 2013

Live stream video editing by http://ClimateState.com Aerial view footage from CTV June 22 2013, via live stream excerpts Excerpts from podcast interview with Bob Sanford and host Anna Maria Tremonti from the The Current, episode “Severe flooding in southern Alberta” from June 21, 2013 Severe flooding in southern Alberta Robert Sandford is the EPCOR Chair in…

May 2013 Earth’s 3rd Warmest May; Central European Floods Cost $22 Billion

By Jeff Masters / Wunderground: May 2013 was the globe’s 3rd warmest May since records began in 1880, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). NASA rated it the 10th warmest May on record. The year-to-date period of January – May has been the 8th warmest such period on record. May 2013 global land…

Secrets of Abrupt Climate Shifts revisited

The understanding of the puzzle about what is going on with our climate system and possible implications improved recently. Let’s begin with going back to 2006, here i quote an excerpt from the blog post “Revealed: Secrets of Abrupt Climate Shifts” via RealClimate, describing more robust understanding of the bipolar / see-saw mechanism of the…