Extreme Weather in the United States Linked to Wave-Like Wind Pattern Variations

June 23, 2014 11:22 AM

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What's responsible for extreme weather? It may be all about wind patterns. Scientists have found that variations in high-altitude wind patterns expose particular parts of Europe, Asia and the U.S. to different extreme weather conditions. The findings could help researchers predict and prepare for some of the more extreme weather that hits our cities and countries.

High altitude winds normally flow from west to east around the planet. However, these winds don't follow a straight line. Instead, the flow meanders and forms a wave-like pattern from north to south. It's these wave patterns in particular that can either suck warm air from the tropics or cold air fr...

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