The jet stream can have a big impact on how long a plane ride will last.
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When planes fly from east to west, they are flying against a river of air called a jet stream. These air currents can make your flight longer or shorter, depending on which way you are going.
As the jet stream moves northwards, the UK can expect more storms and flooding in the winter.
Ice Age glaciers can help us track the jet stream 12,000 ago, and by comparing its path today we can see how it's moving northwards, changing weather patterns and indicating climate change.
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Sudden warming more than 10 km above the north pole can mean sudden freezing down here.
A snowy start to the day at Watlington station, King’s Lynn. December 18 2009.
Since 1979, the average number of snow days has fallen by about five per decade.
A red hazy sunset over Indiana caused by wildfire smoke from the Western U.S.
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Last week, much of the Midwest and eastern US experienced hazy skies and red sunsets. The cause was smoke transported from the Western US by the jet stream and spread as far as Boston and even Europe.
The northern hemisphere jet stream crossing Cape Breton Island in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada.
The jet stream is being distorted on both sides by fast-warming tropical and Arctic air. Should the tropics win out, weather patterns could change profoundly.
Celebrations after setting up the world’s highest weather station during National Geographic and.
Rolex’s 2019 Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mt. Everest.
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A climate scientist goes to work – at 8,500 metres.
The colorful cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
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Forest fires in Huelva, southern Spain. August 6, 2018.
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And how long before such extreme heatwaves become the 'new norm' across the region?
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A climate scientist explains what is going on with this heatwave.
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No matter how cold it is, you're lucky you don't live on Venus.
Seriously cold: The ‘bomb cyclone’ freezes a fountain in New York City.
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An atmospheric scientist who studies the Arctic explains why – because of global warming – the U.S. may be in for longer cold spells in the winter.
Very few Atlantic hurricanes travel northwards like this.
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Will 2017 be a 'bbq summer'? It depends on changes in the jet stream.
Keeping cool as Paris sees its hottest temperatures in six decades.
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Shifting air currents high up in the skies can have a big impact down on the ground.
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