Why Is It Cold This Winter? (& What's Up With The Jet Stream?)

Published on January 31st, 2014 | by

January 31st, 2014 by

Peter Sinclair over at Climate Denial Crock of the Week and Greenman Studios recently published another of his wonderful science smackdown videos — humorous and informational all at once. It covers the annual question “why is it so cold this winter?” as well as some interesting notes regarding the jet stream and the polar vortex. Check it out and chime in below if you’d like to add to the fun:

Also recommended:

White House Explains Polar Vortex, & Its Relation To Global Warming

Polar Ice Melting Marks Rise in Carbon Dioxide

Not The Polar Vortex, Just Global Warming

Polar Vortex Freezes US, Record Heat Takes Out Bats in Australia

Daily Show Videos On Polar Vortex–Global Warming Ridiculousness From Fox News & Others


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  • Buckywunder

    Thanks for providing this detailed series on a topic that is little understood by people like me who want to get a better handle on the importance of sustainability initiatives to help preserve water resources.

    Once this series is done running, is there a chance that Brad or Joe can address the current controversy regarding the EPA proposed rule clarifying protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands (http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters)?

    There has been a full-court press on the part of the conservative media world and GOP talking heads universally attacking this rule as a “land-grab” and “regulatory overreach” on the agriculture sector. While I don’t swallow these claims at all, it is more difficult to determine the exact economic advantage that they are angling for other than the usual instinctive recoiling at any attempt at federal regulation. Or is it nothing more complicated than the standard operating procedure of privatizing gains and socializing the costs?

    I need assistance wading into the weeds here…

  • James Paulson

    Great and easy-to-understand explanation of how the jet stream works in conjunction with the recent freezing temperatures we’ve been having here in the MidWest!