This post generates big questions: Will this system grow year by year until energy delivery to the pole is a permanent global pattern. Are the latitudinal winds and Hadley Cells doomed? Do our global-warming models include the consequences?
There’s something not quite right going on in the Pacific.
In the northeast of that great ocean, the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge just keeps growing. A gigantic high pressure cell spreading out to encompass the entire region from the Aleutians to just off the California Coast. This giant, implacable system has lasted now for the better part of two years. A mountain of atmospheric inertia towering over a deadly, human-warmed, hot pool of Pacific Ocean water.
A Not Normal Storm Track
To the west of our monstrous ridge runs an abnormal storm track. Firing off just north of the Equator and south and east of Japan, the track is fed by tropical systems swinging north and eastward. Merging frontal storms with the warm core cyclones, this storm track runs up along the boundary of the Northwest Pacific and into the Bering. Many of these storms end up bottled there. But…
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