Frigid Winter? Blame 4,000 Years of Wild Jet Streams By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer | April 16, 2014 04:37pm ET
The study shows the jet streams plunging pattern is a long-standing natural phenomenon. However, the findings also suggest that global warming may boost the frequency or intensity of the curves, which would mean more winter extremes in the United States and Canada, the researchers said. The study was published today (April 16) in the journal Nature Communications.
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… Note. The fact that 2014 is when things started to get rather deeper in the severity and the frequency of historical events in weather, never seen before, and the such, its a long list.
It’s an unusually long—“ridiculously long”—time for the atmosphere to be stuck in such an extreme pattern, Masters says. “Normally, at least the changing of the seasons would disrupt these stagnant jet stream patterns, if nothing else did. But we’ve gone from fall, to winter, to spring, and now even into summer, and the jet stream didn’t budge.”
So what would have caused the jet stream to get into such a rut? Masters says researchers are investigating a few hypotheses—Pacific Ocean temperature anomalies, climate change, natural atmospheric dynamics—but there are no firm answers yet. Given the exceptionally long stretch of time we are talking about with the 2014 event, Masters thinks it’s probably multiple influences acting over different time scales, some long-term and some, like Typhoon Neoguri in the Pacific in July, short-term.
For California’s sake, we can hope the peculiar jet stream pattern breaks before the state’s wet season begins later this fall.
… 2014 and since, the patterns just keep on going, the frequency of the events continue, earthquakes and volcano’s that have been sleeping for long periods of time are waking up…………..take note. The frequency’s will continue, only will continue to a snapping point. The sudden shift, or abrupt climate change. Abrupt could be over the span of 10 years.
But it would only take a few years, or a couple of really bad growing season, coupled with bad politics and business practices, on an already seemingly lost, confused, and at times ready to pop, population.
…. and then there is the hydrological cycle. Key element to the climate
Earth is a truly unique in its abundance of water. Water is necessary to sustaining life on Earth, and helps tie together the Earth’s lands, oceans, and atmosphere into an integrated system. Precipitation, evaporation, freezing and melting and condensation are all part of the hydrological cycle – a never-ending global process of water circulation from clouds to land, to the ocean, and back to the clouds. This cycling of water is intimately linked with energy exchanges among the atmosphere, ocean, and land that determine the Earth’s climate and cause much of natural climate variability. The impacts of climate change and variability on the quality of human life occur primarily through changes in the water cycle. As stated in the National Research Council’s report on Research Pathways for the Next Decade (NRC, 1999): “Water is at the heart of both the causes and effects of climate change.”
……. but nothing is more important to our tiny little rocks life support system then the sun……This one below is from 2014.
Enjoy our stormy sun while it lasts. When our star drops out of its latest sunspot activity cycle, the sun is most likely going into hibernation, scientists announced today.
Three independent studies of the sun’s insides, surface, and upper atmosphere all predict that the next solar cycle will be significantly delayed—if it happens at all. Normally, the next cycle would be expected to start roughly around 2020.
The combined data indicate that we may soon be headed into what’s known as a grand minimum, a period of unusually low solar activity.
The predicted solar “sleep” is being compared to the last grand minimum on record, which occurred between 1645 and 1715.
Known as the Maunder Minimum, the roughly 70-year period coincided with the coldest spell of the Little Ice Age, when European canals regularly froze solid and Alpine glaciers encroached on mountain villages.
Some good info here at this one overall.