Meteorologist: NJ to see slower moving storms, longer dry periods due to warming Arctic

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual report on the state of the Arctic shows troubling trends for the region.

"There's no big surprise this year--the Arctic continues to warm about twice as fast as the rest of the planet," says Sean Sublette, a meteorologist for Climate Central. "With that in mind, we're also concerned increasingly such, how that's going to affect weather patterns."

The report focused on thawing permafrost, or areas that were normally frozen year-round. When they melt, they release millions of additions tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. The overall temperature in the Arctic in 2019 was the second warmest on record and sea ice was at its second lowest amount ever recorded.

News 12 Meteorologist Justin Godynick says that a warmer Arctic slows down the jet stream. He says that New Jersey will have slower moving storms and longer dry periods because of this.

Ocean waters in the Arctic have warmed up by 5 to 10 degrees in just the last 30 years.

 

 

 

 

 

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