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Insight into Winter Weather Extremes


CIOCS would like to take this opportunity to welcome students back to UMass Boston, where the Spring 2011 semester is kicking off amongst some very frigid temps. As we brace for more snow this week, you might be wondering: what is going on?

The snowy and frigid weather of late appears to be caused by a weakened pattern of atmospheric circulation that usually helps keep colder air in the Arctic region. This weakening is allowing very cold air to blow our way (even to the Southern United States), while warmer air moves north. It is too soon to tell if this winter is any indication of things to come or what kind of role global warming has played. Nevertheless, the next time you hear someone foolishly espouse “so much for global warming- I’m freezing!” you may want to share this article from the New York Times with them.

Author: The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)

The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security is distinguished by its focus on the intersections of oceans, climate and security, and emerging associated policy and management implications. Founded at UMass Boston in January 2010, the Collaborative Institute exists to develop and communicate high-value intellectual, policy, and technical expertise to help stabilize the health of our atmosphere, coastal communities and marine ecosystems, and human/national security for all. It seeks on a global scale to create new strategic opportunities to bring innovation to science, policy and communications. Visionary, as well as opportunistic and flexible, the Collaborative Institute uses multi-sector engagement as a cornerstone of its work and uses public/private revenue to sustain its mission.

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