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When Nature Yelled in 2010
New York, DEC 26 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 27 Dec. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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The year 2010 was yet another unusual year when weather played havoc around the globe. From the present chill that is sweeping across most parts of Europe to one of the worst floods to hit Pakistan, the weather ran amok in 2010. Scientists have blamed the unusual weather patterns to global warming and the shift in sea temperatures. A new study says the shifting weather patterns are due to the receding shifting ice blocks in the Arctics. Scientists say that a string of freezing European winters scattered over the last decade has been driven in large part by global warming. But one may wonder how global warming will lead to freezing temperatures.
Rising temperatures in the Arctic have resulted in the peeling of the floating ice in the Arctic by over 20% in the last three decades. This has given a window of the sun’s radiation to come in and get absorbed by the dark blue sea. This phenomenon has led to the creation of a massive source of heat during the winter months, especially in the oceans. The result, according to the Journal of Geophysical Research, is a strong high-pressure system over the newly-exposed sea which brings cold Polar air, swirling counter-clockwise, into Europe. Researchers have also attributed global warming to the number of severe floods and storms.
One significant phenomenon is the way in which seasonal snow cover has continued to increase even as other frozen areas are shrinking.

 
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