Western US drought tied to Pacific Ocean wind patterns

April 14, 2015 10:54 PM

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It turns out that there’s a relatively simple explanation for why the Western United States is experiencing such crippling drought right now; apparently it has much to do with naturally-occuring Pacific Ocean wind patterns.

According to a new research paper published in the Journal of Climate, the strong trade winds that have been pushing heat into the depths of the ocean have played a strong role in the droughts racking the US West Coast. These winds have been contributing to a temporary slowdown in surface warming ov...

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