“An intense high-pressure system, unusual for this time of year, has formed over Greenland and much of Canada that will act as a “blocking high”, preventing the hurricane from moving in a typical trajectory away from the United States. Instead, this pressure disparity will most likely pull the storm system back toward New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and as far into the mainland as Ohio.
Is this high pressure related to the unprecedented Arctic ice melting experienced this summer? Many scientists agree that increased melting of Arctic sea ice has allowed the sun’s energy to warm the oceans in the north a great deal. Others speculate the warming seas have altered the delicate balance of energy in the north, shifting weather patterns around the world. This exact complex relationship is still under scrutiny by scientists around the world.”
LBST 311: Fall 2013
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