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Rapid Arctic warming triggers extreme winter events in US: study

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Washington (AFP) – Rapid warming of the Arctic is likely a key driver of extreme winter weather in the United States, according to a new study that addresses a longstanding apparent contradiction in climate science and could explain events like February’s cold snap in Texas. The paper, published in the journal Science, used observational data and modeling to establish a link between planetary warming linked to human activity and a phenomenon called the stratospheric polar vortex (SPV) disruption. The stratospheric polar vortex is a band of westerly winds encircling the Arctic that under normal…

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