Climate Change Making Storms More Intense, Changing Jet Stream

How climate change is making storms more intense

‘Massive flooding in Windsor last year was a sign of climate change — but the science behind these ever-intensifying storms is more complex than it seems’ …

The Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TVO) profiled Paul, further down page, here:

The Changing jet stream

Cyclonic storms are moved by air currents called jet streams. The currents in Ontario are created when cold air from the north collides with warm air from the south.

“The jet stream or winds in the mid-levels of the atmosphere help guide low pressure systems as they move across North America,” says Geoff Coulson, an Environment Canada climatologist. “Every once in a while the winds in the mid-level of atmosphere will slacken off and will be in an area where there isn’t much push. This low-pressure system basically sat in that area to the south of Windsor and kept pumping moisture.”

Both poles are heating up faster than the equator is, and that’s contorting the jet stream, lowering its speed and increasing its waviness — it typically travels east-west, but waviness makes it travel north-south sometimes.

The Arctic is warming faster, Beckwith explains, because as the sea ice melts, it exposes more ocean. Since the ocean is darker than ice, it absorbs more heat — which causes more ice to melt, which exposes still more dark surfaces. Similarly, less snow cover on land exposes more dark ground.

There are more and more examples occurring all around the world of these torrential rain events where a region or a city will get four to five months of rainfall and they get it in a night or they get it in a couple days,” Beckwith says. “And that leads to flooding because the infrastructure just can’t handle it.”

The changing jet streams have influenced not just storms but other catastrophic weather events too, Beckwith says. The European heat wave of 2003, the 2010 Russian drought, and the recent California drought were all caused by jet-stream oddities.

Beckwith says storms like that in Windsor are going to keep happening as the temperature difference between the poles and the equator continues to shrink. “We’re heading rapidly to an arctic with less sea ice and much less snow cover,” he explains. “The extreme weather events that we’re seeing will get much worse.”’
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And Paul’s third recent video, in series: Abrupt Climate Changes in Global Atmospheric Circulation // Published on Apr 13, 2017

How is ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE presently shifting our global atmospheric circulation patterns? We know jet streams are slower & wavier, greatly increasing the frequency, severity & duration of extreme weather events (flooding, droughts, with intensified risk to global food supply).

Will the present 3-cell behaviour (Hadley, Ferrel, Polar) mutate to a 2-cell or 1-cell pattern? Will there even be a jet stream?

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Earth’s Largest Living Structure IS Dying

 

Earth’s Largest Living Structure IS Dying: 1 of 2 // Published on Apr 10, 2017

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is an enormous tourist attraction that pumps billions of tourism dollars each year into the economy. Very soon, this revenue that is so vital to Australia’s financial security will have to be replaced by giving tours of coal mines.

The loss of these reefs is occurring as we speak. Back-to-back record bleachings in 2017 and 2016 are massacring this vital “Amazon Forest of the Oceans”. How will fish live?
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Earth’s Largest Living Structure IS Dying: 2 of 2 // Published on Apr 11, 2017

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a wonder of the world. Attracting millions of tourists and pumping billions of dollars into Australia’s economy, this reef is bleaching white, becoming covered in slimy algae, and will inevitably be ground to sand. A tragedy.

I discuss the facts on the ground, or in this case on the shallow seabed.

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Understanding Atmospheric Circulation, Patterns in Global Ocean Currents

Understanding Atmospheric Circulation Patterns // Published on Apr 10, 2017

I teach you how (the layperson, or not) to draw the atmospheric circulation patterns of the Earth. All you need to know is that “hot air rises”, there are 3 main cells, and moving objects north of the equator turn to the right (opposite in the south).

With this knowledge in your “toolkit”, you can better understand how the jet streams form, and how they change as the Arctic rapidly warms.
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Patterns in Global Ocean Currents & Changes // Published on Apr 12, 2017

Draw a MAP of Earth from memory. Practice until it is somewhat recognizable. On this map, I teach you how to draw the ocean currents around the planet, including surface water flows and seafloor flows.

All you need to remember is that movement is deflected to the right in the northern hemisphere; opposite in the south. Also, that the Gulf Stream flows NE off the US east coast. Everything else flows naturally, including the location of the 5 main ocean gyres. I discuss how climate is changing these patterns.
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Recent full length interview on Extinction Radio, with Jennifer Hynes:  ‘Extinction Radio Episode 69, 5th Apri 2017 – Dahr Jamail, Mike Silwa, Paul Beckwith.’  This is in Part Three, about one hour long.

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Do Jet Streams Vanish with Arctic Sea-Ice?

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Do Jet Streams Vanish with Arctic Sea-Ice? //  Published on Apr 6, 2017

What happens to the jet streams when we lose all Arctic sea ice and snow cover? Do they vanish? Do they still exist as a weak remnant farther north? Does the 3 cell atmospheric circulation reduce to 2 cells or even 1 cell? It would be nice knowing these things, before they actually happen in a few short years.

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Waves in Jet Streams, Violin Strings, Laser Cavities, Bridges

  

Planetary Waves & Violin String Vibrations: 1 of 2 // Published on Apr 2, 2017

Extreme weather events are happening more often around the planet, striking with ever greater severity, and lasting for longer periods of time. The root cause is that planetary waves circling the Earth are getting amplified and stuck in place.

I explain how these waves are very similar to those on vibrating violin strings, optical waveguides, and oscillating electrical circuits. This similarity greatly helps us further our understanding of jet stream behaviour as climate change accelerates.
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Planetary Waves & Violin String Vibrations: 2 of 2 // Published on Apr 3, 2017

Planetary waves (Rossby Waves) that circle the Earth in the upper atmosphere are more commonly known as jet streams. A rapidly darkening and warming Arctic from climate change is making them slow and become wavier. When the number of peaks & troughs add up to 6, 7 or 8 the waves seem to get stuck, leading to extreme weather events.

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Halting Abrupt Climate Change: Parts Two and Three

Halting Abrupt Climate Change: Part Two // Published on Mar 24, 2017

Paul Crutzen, the Yoda of atmospheric science, played a large role in human understanding and action on ozone holes, got a Nobel Prize in 1995 and coined the phrase Anthropocene.

I attempt to explain, in layperson terms, how the science shows that we can temporarily stop abrupt climate change in its tracks, buying some time to slash fossil fuel emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere/oceans.
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Halting Abrupt Climate Change: Part Three // Published on Mar 26, 2017

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New Videos: Arctic Volcano, Earth Surface Change, Halting Climate Change

Anthropogenic Arctic Volcano Will Calm Climate [1]// Published on Mar 20, 2017

As our climate spirals hotter into new and unfamiliar territory, we are seeing enormous stresses destabilizing our weather patterns, crops, water supplies, infrastructure, global supply chains, and civilization itself.

To face our collective global climate change emergency we must deploy technologies to stabilize climate while we slash fossil fuel emissions, and remove carbon from the air and water.

I discuss how sulphur dioxide affects our climate.
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More on Energy Balance  // Published on Mar 20, 2017

Concern for accelerated, even exponential climate change is skyrocketing. A few videos ago I discussed the story of energy changes at the Earth surface and how it affects climate change.

This topic is a bit complicated, and I felt it was worthwhile to revisit/explain it from a different angle to break the glaze that has formed in some viewers eyes:).
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Halting Abrupt Climate Change: 1 of 3 // Published on Mar 21, 2017

Paul Crutzen, the Yoda of atmospheric science [2], played a large role in human understanding and action on ozone holes, got a Nobel Prize in 1995 and coined the phrase Anthropocene.

I attempt to explain, in layperson terms, how the science shows that we can temporarily stop abrupt climate change in its tracks, buying some time to slash fossil fuel emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere/oceans.
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[1Anthropogenic Arctic Volcano Can Calm Climate, Jan 10, 2013, by Paul Beckwith:  ‘Rational decision making requires realistic risk assessments of alternatives. Humanity is now choosing default door A, which is no change in behavior with fossil fuel energy sourcing and a continuance of rapidly rising anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

‘Abrupt collapse of Arctic albedo due to collapsing terrestrial snow cover (area dropping 17.6% per decade for past three decades) and collapse of sea ice cover (area dropping 49% below 1979 to 2000 long term average) is occurring (NOAA 2012 Arctic Report Card from last week)’ .  Article continues in full, at link.
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[2] Paul J. Crutzen:  The Engineer and the Ozone Hole,

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995Paul J. Crutzen, Mario J. Molina, F. Sherwood Rowland.   Paul J. Crutzen – Curriculum Vitae:  The following is the curriculum vitae of Paul Josef Crutzen, born 3 December, 1933, in Amsterdam, Holland, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. He is married, with two children.’  Continues at link.

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