The Madden-Julian Oscillation: Phases, Impacts on Ocean Temperatures, and Weather Patterns in the U.S.
The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is an essential component of our global climate system. Named after Roland Madden and Paul Julian, the two scientists who discovered it in the early 1970s, the MJO is an eastward-moving wave of rain and thunderstorms that circles the globe along the equator every 30 to 60 days. Unlike other prominent […]
When considering the various factors affecting the behavior and direction of thunderstorms, it’s easy to focus on atmospheric conditions. However, there is a fascinating and complex relationship between the ocean’s tides and thunderstorm activity. This article explains how tidal movements can influence thunderstorm patterns. The Interface of Sea and Sky: An Introduction Before we examine […]
In the grand dance of the Earth’s atmosphere, few players are as influential as the jet stream. This high-speed river of wind, located in the upper layers of the atmosphere, has a profound impact on weather patterns around the globe. Understanding the jet stream’s role not only adds a fascinating layer to our appreciation of […]