SciCombinator

Discover the most talked about and latest scientific content & concepts.

V Trouet, F Babst and M Meko
Abstract
A recent increase in mid-latitude extreme weather events has been linked to Northern Hemisphere polar jet stream anomalies. To put recent trends in a historical perspective, long-term records of jet stream variability are needed. Here we combine two tree-ring records from the British Isles and the northeastern Mediterranean to reconstruct variability in the latitudinal position of the high-summer North Atlantic Jet (NAJ) back to 1725 CE. We find that northward NAJ anomalies have resulted in heatwaves and droughts in northwestern Europe and southward anomalies have promoted wildfires in southeastern Europe. We further find an unprecedented increase in NAJ variance since the 1960s, which co-occurs with enhanced late twentieth century variance in the Central and North Pacific Basin. Our results suggest increased late twentieth century interannual meridional jet stream variability and support more sinuous jet stream patterns and quasi-resonant amplification as potential dynamic pathways for Arctic warming to influence mid-latitude weather.
Tweets*
235
Facebook likes*
8
Reddit*
1
News coverage*
69
Blogs*
11
SC clicks
0
Concepts
Extreme weather, British Isles, Atlantic Ocean, United States, Europe, Equator, Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean
MeSH headings
-
comments powered by Disqus

* Data courtesy of Altmetric.com