Polar Vortex: Thanks, China!

I think the “war on coal” is really the only war I’m in favor of.  And it’s not even real.

From, of all places, Fox News:

Pollution from China’s coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter storms over the northwest Pacific Ocean and changing North America’s weather, a new study finds.

Weather scientists at NASA made a bunch of different computer models and compared them to what is actually occurring.  It appears that the coal burning in China has caused increased intensity in northern Pacific cyclones, and this directly caused Polar Vortex:

Pollution from Asia is also changing weather patterns over North America, Wang added.

Wang said this winter’s unusually cold weather east of the Rocky Mountains could have been influenced by pollution-driven cyclones and high-pressure systems in the northern Pacific. These Pacific weather patterns caused swoops in the jet stream that drove cold air south across the central and eastern United States the so-called polar vortex. The same weather patterns are linked with record-high temperatures in Alaska this winter.

“This cold winter in the U.S. probably had something to do with stronger cyclones over the Pacific,” Wang said.

 

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