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Freezing Texas

July 5, 2021

What has the freeze in Texas in February got to do with global warming?

Well, climate is what you expect, but weather is what you get.

This is not the first time we have had a “polar vortex” which has brought very cold weather to the Mid-west. On one of the previous occasions people were shivering in Iowa but sun-bathing in Alaska. This time the cold weather spread further south.

This is the easiest explanation I have found for this weather.

The North Pole is warming faster than other parts of the world. This means that the temperature gradient between the Equator and the Pole is less, and it is this gradient that has historically prevented the jet-stream from making such big dips into the USA. It is the jet-stream which is behind this weather pattern.

So, it’s likely to happen again in Texas, but will it ever reach SW Florida?

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Alan Searle