Freezing Climate PhenomenonFebruary 16, 2019
The Midwest is dipping into the 20’s with freezing temperatures. Climate changes are occurring because of arctic warming that dips farther south.
How Much More Time Do We Have to Ignore Our Global Climate Problem?
The more we ignore these climate changes the more our weather patterns are changing. Marine climates are changing to icy patterns, and hotter climates are getting freezing temperatures. Is it time to take a deeper look into why these events are happening to our planet? If we ignore this issue, there will be consequences for our planet.
Pollution Altering Climate
“Atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rising for more than a century, with hefty contributions from the fossil fuels used to power our homes, businesses, and cars. The increasingly dense blanket of greenhouse gases is trapping heat and taking its toll on the planet, especially at the poles. ”
The Polar Vortex Swing
The Arctic polar vortex swings back and forth sending cold air into other parts of the nation. The dips in temperature are caused by climate changes. As our climate becomes dangerously unusual, because of fossil fuels and other forms of pollution, weather patterns are being altered. But climate change could increase the frequency of such dips. Winds in the vortex are driven by the temperature difference between the poles and the tropics.
Warmer Temperatures in Freezing Climates
“Warm temperatures in the Arctic cause the jet stream to take these wild swings, and when it swings farther south, that causes cold air to reach farther south. These swings tend to hang around for awhile, so the weather we have in the eastern United States, whether it’s cold or warm, tends to stay with us longer,” said study co-author Jennifer Francis in a press release. Places in Europe are experiencing freezing temperatures, among other places, because of the warming of the north pole. The north pole is experiencing above freezing temperatures, and more sunlight is melting the ice covered places.
Midwest and Beyond Deep Freeze
Places in the United States are experiencing temperatures that would be common in colder climates. Madison, Wisconsin was bombarded with freezing temperatures that would be common in Siberia. The Pacific Northwest’s weather is very unusual for February: consistent snow and blowing freezing winds. Hold on to your hats because these patterns will not be changing anytime soon.