RAPID heating in the Arctic could be responsible for the snowstorms that are battering Texas and other parts of the US and Europe.
This is according to scientists who claim there’s evidence of warming in the Arctic pushing cold frigid air away from the north pole and towards the US.
Wintry weather has been taking over southern states in the USCredit: Alamy Live News
Fountains have been freezing over in TexasCredit: AP:Associated Press
The freezing weather in America has already resulted in several deaths and power cuts for millions of people.
Unsafe travel conditions have left many people stranded in southern states like Texas.
According to The Guardian, environmental expert Judah Cohen said: “The current conditions in Texas are historical, certainly generational.
“But this can’t be hand-waved away as if it’s entirely natural.
Many Texas residents have been left stranded in their homesCredit: AP:Associated Press
Texas is usually associated with much warmer weatherCredit: AP:Associated Press
People have had to dig their cars out of the snowCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“This is happening not in spite of climate change, it’s in part due to climate change.”
Many scientists agree with Cohen and the proposal that heating in the Arctic is disrupting climate systems and causing more winter storms.
Some people have been trying to have fun during the cold snapCredit: AP:Associated Press
The north pole sits in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and cold air concentrates around this area in something called the polar vortex.
This vortex of cold air swirls over the north pole but can stray off course if something disrupts it.
Warming in the Arctic is thought to have upset the pattern of the Earth’s air currents known as the jet stream.
The freak cold weather is being associated with climate changeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The cold weather may be due to a wobble from the polar vortexCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Heavy snow has left many people stuck at homeCredit: Alamy Live News
Scientists think the jet stream has impacted the polar vortex and caused it to shift and take the cold air with it.
A wobble in the polar vortex often occurs during winter in the Northern Hemisphere and sends cold Arctic air southward.
However, scientists think climate change is causing more disruption to the vortex and more extreme cold weather in areas that are usually much milder.
This change is being blamed for the heavy snow fall we’ve seen in parts of Europe as well as the US.
Global heating is also causing extremely hot summers and other dramatic weather patterns.
Scientists continue to monitor the polar vortex and how climate change could be impacting it.
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