“One cause is a weakening of the temperature gradient between the Arctic and Equator as a result of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The far north of the Earth is warming two to four times faster than the global average, says the paper, which means there is a declining temperature gap with the central belt of the planet. As this ramp flattens, winds struggle to build up sufficient energy and speed to push around pressure systems in the area between them.
As a result, there is less relief in the form of mild and wet air from the sea when temperatures accumulate on land, and less relief from the land when storms build up in the ocean. Last year, Hurricane Harvey had a devastating impact on Texas because it was parked an unusually long time on the coast, where it kept drawing up moisture from the sea and dumping it in the form of the greatest deluge ever recorded in the US. Scientists had previously noted that hurricanes are slowing and bringing more rain.”
See Summer weather is getting ‘stuck’ due to Arctic warmingSee that, climate-deniers? Where I live there have been several prolonged dry spells where normally there would be one or two and we had one long period where the prairies saw record high temperatures. I’m OK as long as my well doesn’t run dry but it makes a hell of a lot of work to keep plants alive on my little property. Life would be so much easier if the Arctic were alive and healthy instead of becoming tropical…
There is a solution, of course. Drop hydrocarbons for fuel except in extreme/rare cases. Drive electrically. Heat with solar or renewable electricity. Don’t add any more CO2 to the atmosphere than the plants can handle and PLANT MORE TREES!!! Also, don’t forget to vote “D” in November to evict Trump and sycophants as soon as possible. The rest of the world is getting the message. USA will remain officially
ignorant in denial as long as Trump is in power.
If you’ve been living under a rock and deny climate-change, note that even Trump-voters don’t agree… They didn’t elect a guy who’s helping the planet. What about you?