‘Weather Whiplash’: A Story of Two Years — 2012 and 2013


Peter Sinclair’s new Yale Forum video couples interviews with two experts — Rutgers’ Jennifer Francis and Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters — to explore the ‘Why?’ of two years of mirror images of weather across North America.

Few across North America need be reminded that global weather patterns over the past half decade or so seem to have been swinging wildly from one extreme to another.

Scientists have been steadily gathering data to try to answer a prevailing question: Why?

One of the most widely discussed theories of what meteorologists call “weather whiplash” has come from research papers by Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., a Research Professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Independent videographer Peter Sinclair, who produces a monthly video exclusively for this site, in late 2012 interviewed Francis, and also Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters, for a deeper view of emerging observations of climate change, arctic ice, jet stream flow, and global weather patterns.

Now, in 2013, a year that in North America is almost a mirror image of 2012′s extremes, Sinclair followed-up with Dr. Francis, and asks what’s the same, what’s different, and where is the scientific evidence telling us?

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4 Responses to ‘Weather Whiplash’: A Story of Two Years — 2012 and 2013

  1. Greg says:

    Nice explanation

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  3. Drs. Francis and Masters are two of the few who recognize and are willing to discuss the potential imminence of an abrupt climate change. The mechanism of the ice cap and the jet stream are clear.

    I’ve run a thought experiment in the form of a novel about how this mechanism culminates in the disappearance of the ice cap in 2018, and how it affects society and individuals over the following decade, through the eyes of a single family.

    Dr. Masters said this about it: “Earth’s climate is unstable, and we are pushing it hard towards a sudden shift to a new state by pumping huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A radical shift in the climate between the years 2018-2028 as envisioned by Welch is entirely plausible.”

  4. Martin Voelker says:

    The false color jet stream video is very illustrative, however I’d love to know what time intervals are displayed. Are we seeing days, weeks or months unfold?