It’s a long way from the Arctic Ocean to southern Alberta, but scientists are increasingly intrigued by theories that link disappearing sea ice to off-the-hook weather such as last week’s flooding. Many are coming to believe there’s a common thread between not enough ice on the ocean and too much water in the rivers – a high-altitude, high-speed torrent of air called the jet stream…The Arctic Ocean itself is also growing slightly warmer. It’s not much, but the temperature gradient between the Arctic and equator has weakened. The jet stream is about 14 per cent slower in the fall now than it was in the 1990s, according to a recent study by Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University in New Jersey.
/ / / Blame the jet stream? Fluctuations caused by Arctic warming are creating havoc, some scientists believe