I told you I was ill

The British Isles is on the same latitude as Labrador, and is further North than Newfoundland, but it experiences winters which are much milder than either of those places. As I write Hopedale Newfoundland has a temperature of -14°C, but in London England it is a balmy 9°C. The reason for this temperature differential between places on the same latitude is the Gulf Stream and the jet stream. Continue reading

The long cool wet summer persists

In England and Wales, we did not need the news to tell us that this has been the wettest summer for a hundred years and one of the summers with the least direct sunshine. We can blame the wet and colder than usual weather on the jet stream, which positioned itself further southerly than normal, causing those of us that like to sit in the sun, barbeque or just play cricket to look for indoor pursuits of leisure. What we do not know is why the jet stream decided to position itself further south. Continue reading