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March 29, 2012

NY Times published a recent article addressing "Weather Weirding," particularly as it relates to the present month of March and the future outlook. Rutgers University’s climate change researcher, Jennifer A. Francis commented on the issue of sea ice loss and its role in climate change. Dr. Francis presented research published this month suggesting that the dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice (40% since the 1980s or 1.3 million square miles) which has increased the area of ocean available to absorb heat and subsequently release it into the atmosphere in fall and early winter, affects jet stream patterns enabling certain weather patterns to persistent such as droughts, floods, heat waves and cold spells.

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