You are here
Science 

Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events

Enlarge this image Waves crash onto the beach near Brighton Pier in England, in January 2007. Gale force winds and heavy rain brought disruption to large parts of the country. Severe weather events like this one may be linked to more frequent fluctuations in the polar jet stream, according to a new study. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images A new study suggests that the polar jet stream has been fluctuating more than normal as it passes over the parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and that’s…

Read More
Science 

New Report Shows Weather Disasters In 2017 Cost More Than $300 Billion

Enlarge this image Hurricane Harvey put vast swaths of Texas under water. Elsewhere, fires, tornadoes and extreme weather caused hundreds of billions in damages. Emily Kask/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Emily Kask/AFP/Getty Images Before it got cold this winter, it was warm. Very warm. In fact, new data out Monday shows 2017 was the third warmest year recorded in the lower 48 states. And it was also a smackdown year for weather disasters: 16 weather events each broke the billion-dollar barrier. First, the heat. Last year was 2.6 degrees…

Read More