Nonlinear response of mid-latitude weather to the changing Arctic

James E. Overland, Klaus Dethloff, Jennifer A. Francis, Richard J. Hall, Edward Hanna, Seong Joong Kim, James A. Screen, Theodore G. Shepherd, Timo Vihma

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Are continuing changes in the Arctic influencing wind patterns and the occurrence of extreme weather events in northern mid-latitudes? The chaotic nature of atmospheric circulation precludes easy answers. The topic is a major science challenge, as continued Arctic temperature increases are an inevitable aspect of anthropogenic climate change. We propose a perspective that rejects simple cause-and-effect pathways and notes diagnostic challenges in interpreting atmospheric dynamics. We present a way forward based on understanding multiple processes that lead to uncertainties in Arctic and mid-latitude weather and climate linkages. We emphasize community coordination for both scientific progress and communication to a broader public.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-999
Number of pages8
JournalNature Climate Change
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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