Arctic ice melt leads to colder winters
STATE COLLEGE – When you hear about the polar ice melt due to the planet warming, it is hard to understand how that can mean our area will see colder winters. But that’s what will happen according to Accuweather Meteorologist Brett Anderson, who says this will weaken the jet streams, causing for stronger storms in the United States.
Anderson said, “With the loss of sea ice, this could be causing the jet stream to have some changes, which could lead to some stormier, perhaps even colder, winters farther to the south, which is kind of interesting.”
Anderson explains what changes are taking place as the planet warms. He said, “Most of the warming that we are seeing over the past 30 to 40 years is up in the poles, especially in the arctic. The overall long-term trends certainly show a steady decrease in sea ice, and eventually, at some point, probably over the next 30 years, there is going to be a day during the summer where there is not going to be any sea ice up around the polar area, and that trend is certainly pointing in that direction.”
He says as the planet warms in the arctic, the ice is diminishing and the ocean is exposed, which absorbs a lot more heat. Anderson says 20 years from now, there will be very little ice in the arctic region. (Ali Stevens)