CLEVELAND - If you are planning a trip to Europe this winter, better pack the winter woolies. Several scientists there say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.
Why this dire prediction? Polish scientists say the coming cold is connected to the speed of the Gulf Stream. That's the warm current of water that travels from the Tropical Atlantic up along the US East Coast and over to Europe. the Gulf Stream effectively brings warmer temperatures to Europe, especially during the cold season. Figure 1 photo shows an active Gulf stream back in 2009. Note the active streams of warmer water (reds and yellow streaks) moving northeast thru the Atlantic Ocean. Figure 2 shows the active warm water streams as of September 1st, 2010. they are substantially weaker!
The Gulf Stream has really slowed down in the past two years. Its now moving at just half the speed it was just a couple of years ago. The scientists believe that this means the stream will not be able to add that extra heat to the European Countryside and compensate for the cold, Arctic winds. These scientists also believe, when the Gulf Stream stops completely, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe...
In Russia, scientists are not as convinced, but are still predicting colder than normal winter temperatures:
“Although the forecast for the next month is only 70 percent accurate, I find the cold winter scenario quite likely,” said Russian Meteorologist Vadim Zavodchenkov, “We will be able to judge with more certainty come November. As for last summer's heat, the statistical models that meteorologists use to draw up long-term forecasts aren't able to predict an anomaly like that.” Thanks to Russian TImes/RT.
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With temperatures in the mid to upper-fifties Wednesday, NewsChannel5 forecasters warned that this was the last day this week to get outside chores done before another chill sets in.