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    Warming Arctic is making winter worse for eastern US; ‘bomb cyclone’ on cards

    Shreeshan Venkatesh
    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    The US is bracing for an intense storm, which is expected to blast the entire east coast with frigid winds, ice and snow on Thursday



    In recent years, intensity and frequency of cold waves in North America and Europe have been increasing. Credit: Tinker Air Force Base

    In recent years, intensity and frequency of cold waves in North America and Europe have been increasing. Credit: Tinker Air Force Base.

    Over the past two weeks, the eastern US and Canada have been in the grip of an intense cold wave. While it was the coldest start to a new year in America’s east in 70 years of record keeping, Canada saw record-breaking cold, too, as temperatures dropped below levels commonly seen in Antarctica and Mars! Even as North America struggles to cope with the biting cold, news has just come in that the winter is set to get a whole lot worse. The reason, for the starters, a massive storm dubbed the “bomb cyclone”.

    The dip, up to 11 degree Celsius below average temperatures, has so far been attributable to warmer temperatures in the higher altitudes, specifically in and around Alaska. A ridge, or a northwards bulge in the jet stream, has set up across the American state and pushed temperatures much above normal. What this has meant is that the jet stream has actually surged southwards on the eastern side, towards eastern parts of the US and Canada. The Omega-shaped jet stream configuration is notorious for its longevity, something that North America has been witnessing this winter.


    And now the continent is bracing for the storm—a winter equivalent of a hurricane—which is expected to blast the entire east coast of the US with frigid winds, ice and snow on Thursday (January 4). The explosiveness of the storm comes from the rapid drop in atmospheric pressure, which will likely unleash strong cyclonic winds, extreme precipitation and blizzard-like conditions on the east coast all the way from northern Florida to the state of Maine and some parts of mainland Canada and Atlantic Canada. Although the worst conditions are expected to be over the ocean, models have warned that this could be one of the worst extra-tropical storms the coast has ever seen.

    While tropical cyclones are powered by warm air in the tropics and cause strong destructive winds close to the earth’s surface, extra-tropical cyclones have strongest winds higher up in the atmosphere.

    Between Wednesday and Thursday, the storm will travel northwards along the coast and is expected to see explosive strengthening as atmospheric pressure drops by a massive 53 milibars in under 24 hours. According to experts, a drop of more than 24 milibars in a day could fuel strong icy winds touching 80 kmph on the coast.

    Even though the storm is not expected to live beyond the weekend, milder weather might still be away if the storm manages to uncork the dreaded polar vortex—the main culprit behind intense winter activity in the northern hemisphere in recent decades.

    The polar vortex is a large-scale low pressure system that helps in holding cold winds close to the poles. Studies have noted that weakening of the polar vortex due to a warming Arctic is likely to be responsible for cold air escaping the polar region. In recent years, intensity and frequency of cold waves in North America and Europe has been increasing. The increase has been linked to warming in the Arctic and decreasing sea ice extent, undermining the US President Donald Trump’s typically ignorant tweet calling for “good old global warming” to ease the situation.

    The President might be forced to swallow his words as early as next week. The ‘bomb cyclone’ has now triggered fears of cold blasts from the Arctic powered by the polar vortex as its massive circulation and low pressure will help draw Arctic winds, which are slated to converge on the region by next week, prolonging the plight of the continent.

    Warming Arctic is making winter worse for eastern US; ?bomb cyclone? on cards
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    ...these storms are referred to locally as nor'easters and occur nearly every winter in New England...media hype only adds to the misery...

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    ...^odd conclusion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    every winter
    OMG! You mean it gets cold and snows every winter?


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    The OP storm even has a name...Grayson.

    Naming winter storms now...WTF?


    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    media hype

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    If they wanted the Arctic article to go viral then they should have used the latest marketing technique for more publicity by putting Trump in the headline.
    "Warming Arctic makes winter worse" tweets Trump

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    If they wanted the Arctic article to go viral then they should have used the latest marketing technique for more publicity by putting Trump in the headline.
    "Warming Arctic makes winter worse" tweets Trump
    '...or "Russians hack the arctic with covfefe to cause Brexit ice age around Britain whilst Kim Fuk Wit rains holy nuclear fire over the NHS because of Trump tweet to promp gender fluid isis tsunami, causing global Ocker flu pandemic of offendedness", reports Huffish Guardiancasting Coprolation.... '
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    Trump has actually used the cold weather to tweet a sarcastic remark about climate change.
    Pity his understanding is so lacking.



    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    The dip, up to 11 degree Celsius below average temperatures, has so far been attributable to warmer temperatures in the higher altitudes, specifically in and around Alaska. A ridge, or a northwards bulge in the jet stream, has set up across the American state and pushed temperatures much above normal. What this has meant is that the jet stream has actually surged southwards on the eastern side, towards eastern parts of the US and Canada.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    In recent years, intensity and frequency of cold waves in North America and Europe has been increasing. The increase has been linked to warming in the Arctic and decreasing sea ice extent,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    Canada saw record-breaking cold, too, as temperatures dropped below levels commonly seen in Antarctica and Mars!
    What a complete load of bollocks. Minus 10C wear a padded vest and chop firewood. Minus 20-25C plug the car in at night and at work. Minus 40C tires feel square for the first kilometer. Minus 45C or below my mates Ford station wagon wouldn't start no matter how many batteries were attached.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    The dip, up to 11 degree Celsius below average temperatures,
    It is no colder in central Canada/ Northern Minnesota that it has been before. Did Al Gore write the dribble in the above article.
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    Sharks are washing up on a beach in Massachusetts frozen completely solid amid a record-breaking cold snap in the United States.
    The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said it had found three dead thresher sharks stranded on the shore of the Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, south of Boston, in the last three days.
    The first two were "likely stranded due to cold shock" it said. The third was frozen solid.

    "This shark was too frozen to attempt a necropsy … a true sharkcicle," it said.

    Thresher sharks are found all over the world and generally stay far away from the shore, in warmer waters.
    "These sharks were most likely moving to the south with the warmer water and got caught in the hook of Cape Cod," the group said.
    The minimum temperature for the Cape Cod region in December is usually about 1 degrees Celsius, but current forecasts have it reaching as low as -12C.
    The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said all three sharks would be examined once they thawed.

    Meanwhile, sea turtles are also feeling the cold.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it rescued more than a dozen sea turtles off the coast of Galveston Island that were "cold-stunned by freezing air temperatures".
    The lethargic sea turtles were found by fisherman and taken to NOAA's Sea Turtle Hospital to recover.
    "All 18 turtles were brought in for rehabilitation, where their body temperature was slowly increased prior to placement into water," the group said.

    It is so cold in the United States right now that sharks are dying and turtles are cold-stunned - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    It's a Cold War of climate change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...these storms are referred to locally as nor'easters and occur nearly every winter in New England...media hype only adds to the misery...
    But they don't happen in fucking Florida, do they?

    https://news.sky.com/story/florida-s...years-11194751


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    But they don't happen in fucking Florida, do they?
    ...no...a nor'easter, as the name suggests, affects primarily the northeast of the US...a little snow in northern Florida might make the news, but it's not a nor'easter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    a little snow in northern Florida might make the news, but it's not a nor'easter...
    Florida gets their own special type of nor'easter this time of year...



    ...this year that plan had a slight flaw.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...no...a nor'easter, as the name suggests, affects primarily the northeast of the US...a little snow in northern Florida might make the news, but it's not a nor'easter...
    The title refers to "Eastern US" not "Northeastern US", so you carry on trying to trivialise this extreme weather any way you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The title refers to "Eastern US" not "Northeastern US",
    ...titles can be so confusing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...titles can be so confusing...
    I don't really need to post any links to demonstrate that this is not your average NorthEastern winter storm, do I?

    Oh what the hell:

    US snow latest: 'Arctic surge' could shatter new lows for coldest weather on record

    At least 18 people have been killed so far in the cold streak

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    Seems like Trump has cured global warming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    Seems like Trump has cured global warming.
    Seems like you don't understand Climate Change either.

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    Note to self - remember to put smilies in posts so the forum retards don't take my posts literally.

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