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.


About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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