Saturday 18 August 2018

Scientists keep weather eye on jet stream

Scientists could come up with better seasonal weather forecasts for different parts of Ireland and the UK by using data on the Atlantic jet stream, a study has found. Photo: PA
Scientists could come up with better seasonal weather forecasts for different parts of Ireland and the UK by using data on the Atlantic jet stream, a study has found. Photo: PA

Tadia Shadwell

Scientists could come up with better seasonal weather forecasts for Ireland and the UK by using data on the Atlantic jet stream, a study has found.

University of Lincoln researchers examined the relationship between changes in the jet stream - a giant current of air flowing eastwards over the North Atlantic - and regional winter and summer weather.

Their research looked at where the jet stream was located and how variable rainfall had been over the last 65 years.

The information could help farmers, energy suppliers, transport providers and insurance companies - as well as the public - plan for likely weather conditions.

Irish Independent

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