Loss of Arctic Sea Ice Already Influencing Weather

The loss of Arctic summer sea ice and the rapid warming of the Far North are altering the jet stream over North America, Europe, and Russia. Scientists are now just beginning to understand how these profound shifts may be increasing the likelihood of more persistent and extreme weather. READ MORE

 

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The warming of the Arctic appears to be changing the trajectory of the jet stream in certain seasons, leading to more persistent weather patterns. The solid line represents a typical jet stream trajectory, and the dashed line represents the expected elongation of the jet stream in response to Arctic warming. (Courtesy of Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University)

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