Less Summer Arctic Sea Ice Cover Means Colder, Snowier Winters in Central Europe

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Even if the current weather situation may seem to speak against it, the probability of cold winters with much snow in Central Europe rises when the Arctic is covered by less sea ice in summer. Scientists of the Research Unit Potsdam of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association have decrypted a mechanism in which a shrinking summertime sea ice cover changes the air pressure zones in the Arctic atmosphere and impacts our European winter weather.

These results of a global climate analysis were recently published in a study in the scientific journal Tellus A.


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