Read this article about how warming Arctic temperatures are changing the nature of the Jet Stream and the effects of this on local weather patterns.
- Briefly describe the Jet Stream and summarize the factors that determine its strength.
- Why is the fuel for the Jet Stream getting weaker? According to the article, how does this affect local weather patterns in any given area?
- How does warming in the Arctic over the last several decades compare to warming over the rest of the globe?
- Explain how sea ice is important in the regulation of temperatures in polar regions. How does the ocean play a major role in the regulation of climate?