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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:42 AM
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Frozen jet stream links Pakistan floods, Russian fires
Stationary patterns in the jet stream are called "blocking events". They are the consequence of strong Rossby waves, which push westward against the flow of the jet stream. They are normally overpowered by the jet stream's eastward flow, but they can match it if they get strong enough. When this happens, the jet stream's meanders hold steady, says Blackburn, creating the perfect conditions for extreme weather.

A static jet stream freezes in place the weather systems that sit inside the peaks and troughs of its meanders. Warm air to the south of the jet stream gets sucked north into the "peaks". The "troughs" on the other hand, draw in cold, low-pressure air from the north. Normally, these systems are constantly on the move but not during a blocking event.

And so it was that Pakistan fell victim to torrents of rain. The blocking event coincided with the summer monsoon, bringing down additional rain on the mountains to the north of the country. It was the final straw for the Indus's congested river bed (see "Thirst for Indus water upped flood risk").

Similarly, as the static jet stream snaked north over Russia, it pulled in a constant stream of hot air from Africa. The resulting heatwave is responsible for extensive drought and nearly 800 wildfires at the latest count. The same effect is probably responsible for the heatwave in Japan, which killed over 60 people in late July. At the same time, the blocking event put an end to unusually warm weather in western Europe.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727730.101-froz...

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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:34 PM
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1. See that? "FROZEN Jet Stream". Global Warming is a HOAXE!
Just a Scam by Algore and that Sociolist Muslin in our White House!

RESTOAR THE HONOR on the 8-28th of August in Warshington DC!!!

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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:42 PM
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2. Please excuse that last post
I was temporarily possessed by the same evil body thetan that has been inhabiting Glenn Beck.

I meant to say, "K & R".

See, me and L. Ron Hoover's granddaughter Bristol were trying to conceive a Dyson Vortex Vacuum Cleaner using an ancient Nixonian spell (the infamous "Watergate Working") given to us from beyond the grave by Jack Parsons -- in drag. (Come to think of it, he did look a lot like G. Gordon Liddy.)

So you can blame Appliantolgy.

Honest! So help me Xappu!

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