The gulf stream is slowing. What does that mean? Here’s a report from Science Focus:
But what we think is that it has the effect of cooling parts of the ocean west of the UK because less heat is being carried northward through the Atlantic Ocean. So that distribution of heat from the tropics to the subpolar areas slows down a bit. That part of the ocean gets a bit colder and doesn’t warm as fast as the rest of the world.
That has a direct impact on our weather. In the UK weather is getting wetter, it’s getting warmer and there’s more extreme weather. But with the slowdown in the AMOC, some of that is counteracted a little bit. And that’s because if there’s not as much warming in the Atlantic Ocean then that has an impact on things like where the jet stream sits.
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