Europe’s weather blocking started in March
Posted: 18 August 2018
Incredible! Several months extraordinary summer from Great Britain to Finland! Nowhere a clear explanation. Since spring, an expansive high-pressure ridge aloft has stretched across most of northern Europe, the reasons are not sufficiently explicated anywhere. Europe experienced a very dry spring and summer but the meteorological conditions causing it are hardly addressed. It was the hottest May-through-July on record in Europe reported the Washington Post – August 18, 2018 ; reprint: sciencealert. Billions and multi-billions have been invested in climatic research over the last several decades, and so little competence has emerged. Incredible!
Generously the MetOffice announced on 27th July 2018 : “We’re aiming to understand why the weather pattern this summer was so persistent, and to what extent this persistence may be influenced by human-induced climate change, as well as the role of global warming by greenhouse gases in raising the temperatures experienced in the heat wave. We’ll publish our findings later in the year.” Neither this post nor corresponding analyses in THE GUARDIAN (see an excerpt in the box) have much to say:
Sun 22 Jul 2018
“The jet stream we are currently experiencing is extremely weak and, as a result, areas of atmospheric high pressure are lingering for long periods over the same place,” added Mitchell.