It’s that time of the year again to turn up the heat. But with how climate change is adversely affecting the entire planet, you might want to keep your furnace in tip-top shape. Or if it’s broken, call a furnace repair professional very soon. According to scientists, winters are getting colder due to climate change.
Bundle Up Some More
It can be difficult to reconcile climate change and colder winters. Most people think that climate change is supposed to warm the Earth. This is true, though only in certain aspects. Speaking to CBS2, New Jersey state climatologist Dr. Dave Robinson claims that profound changes in Arctic sea ice (its levels are lower than ever) are making winters colder in several locations.
Dr. Robinson cites a study published in Nature Climate Change, which reveals a possible link between melting Arctic ice and the polar vortex shifting. The polar vortex is a low-pressure area known to be close to the North Pole. It’s named as such because the term “vortex” refers to counterclockwise air flow that keeps cold air near the North and South Poles.
Skeptics Vs. Research
Climate change’s most fervent skeptics consider its purported link to colder winters as nonsensical. They argue that if winters are getting colder, global warming cannot possibly exist. But as a recent study from Tokyo University shows, they’re barking up the wrong tree. Publishing in the journal Nature Geoscience, Japanese researchers presented further evidence of the link between colder winters and rapid Arctic ice melts.
Scientists explain that as ice melts, it exposes open water. This water is darker and absorbs more heat. When the water gets warm enough, the air above it warms as well. The heated air weakens the so-called “jet stream” (a layer of air higher up in the atmosphere), which determines the weather. A weaker jet stream means weather systems get stuck into pulling cold Arctic air into several areas for longer periods than normal.
What this means is that winters aren’t only getting colder; they’re also getting longer. If this research still doesn’t convince skeptics, then perhaps nothing ever can.