March 11, 2013
With Less Arctic Ice, More Storms Like Sandy
. According to Rutgers research professor and CECI affiliate Jennifer Francis
, melting Arctic sea ice caused by global warming is driving changes to the jet stream and helped create the conditions that made Superstorm Sandy possible
. Francis explains that since Arctic sea ice began to melt at dramatic rates, the path of the jet stream has become wavier and has dipped further south, causing changes to regional weather patterns.