Terra Daily Reports on Erratic Weather in Europe

Moscow snowSource: AFP
Moscow snow
Source: AFP

Terra Daily’s headline from December 24th, 2012 reads,” White Christmas for Moscow while south Europe sweats.”

From deadly cold in Russia, floods in Britain and balmy conditions that have residents in southwest France rummaging for their bathing suits, the weather has gone haywire across Europe in the days leading up to Christmas.

Staff writers at Terra Daily describe this years “jet stream” pattern as “particularly wavy”.

Tim Palmer, professor of climate physics at Oxford University, told AFP the weather extremes are explained by the northern hemisphere “jet stream”, a ribbon of air that speeds around the planet high up in the atmosphere.

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