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.
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.