Why Is This Winter So Brutal

Posted on February 17, 2014

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the jet stream over North America and Europe is taking a longer less predictable path. This change has greatly affected the temperatures and snow totals this winter, if you haven’t already noticed.

BBC Weather explains that a jet stream is “a narrow zone of high-speed winds.”

Jet streams are typically found about 30,000 feet up in the atmosphere and are formed through significant temperature differences between conflicting air masses.

The ribbons of strong winds influence global weather patterns and their positioning helps meteorologists to forecast the weather.

The good news is that Winter officially ends on March 20, 2014. The bad news? It’s only February 17th…

Stay warm people!

[Image by Doug Wheller]