Heavy Snowfall Over Antarctica linked to Drought In Australia

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Snowfall in Antarctica

This file photo from 01 November shows the coast of Antartica taken from one of ten Qantas 747 charter flights this year from Australia to promote tourism in the last great wilderness.© AFP PHOTO/Qantas

New Scientist reports changing weather patterns between Antarctica and Australia may be a consequence of a strengthening atmospheric pressure ‘corridor’ system between the two destinations. Researchers from the Australian Antarctic Division studied snow fall rates in East Antarctica and determined the timing coincided with the 40-year Australian drought as snowfall rates exceeded any observed records over the past 750 years. The article concludes “The pressure system has been strengthening since the mid-20th century…it is unclear whether or not climate change is involved.”

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