Why is it still windy?

July 11, 2008 7:06:16 AM PDT
The northern branch of the jet stream has been mostly confined to Canada since May, but sometimes we still get strong winds from another jet to our south!

Erica's Answer:

The southern branch of the jet stream is also referred to as the "subtropical jet stream". So you're half right- we've gotten rid of one jet, but occasionally have been plagued by another one!

As far as the wind goes, it's not always so closely tied to the action in the jet stream. Windy conditions, especially in the summer, can also result from thunderstorm activity nearby. And, any time we experience a big change in atmospheric pressure (whether it rapidly drops or rises), you're bound to feel an increase in the wind flow.

- Erica


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