Omega blocking highs can remain in place for several days or even weeks [image credit: UK Met Office]
Atmospheric blocking is a well-known weather phenomenon. The report below says ‘In recent years, the scientists observed a clear increase of these patterns’. But scientists have also reported a 20 year decline in solar magnetic fields and solar wind micro-turbulence levels. Coincidence, or possibly not?
Record breaking heatwaves and droughts in North America and Western Europe, torrential rainfalls and floods in South-East Europe and Japan – the summer of 2018 brought a series of extreme weather events that occurred almost simultaneously around the Northern Hemisphere in June and July, says IOP Publishing.
These extremes had something in common, a new study published today in Environmental Research Letters by an international team of climate researchers now finds.
The events were connected by a newly-identified pattern of the jet stream encircling the Earth…
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