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Activity Discussion General Discussion Jet stream

  • Dinusha

    May 25, 2024 at 4:43 pm
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    The jet stream significantly influences weather patterns by acting as an atmospheric director that guides and steers weather systems across the globe. This fast-moving current of air, flowing from west to east high in the atmosphere, plays a crucial role in determining the type of weather experienced in different regions. The position and strength of the jet stream impact temperature contrasts, storm tracks, and the movement of weather systems. Distortions in the jet stream, such as northward ridges and southward troughs, can lead to persistent weather patterns and extreme events like heatwaves, droughts, and cold spells. Changes in the jet stream’s behavior can result in shifts in precipitation patterns, temperature anomalies, and the intensity of weather events, making it a key factor in forecasting and understanding weather phenomena.

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