Future of the Environment

How Arctic warming could be the cause of extreme cold-weather events 

Could we expect more of this? Image: REUTERS/Gabriele Forzano

Judah Cohen

Climate scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Mathew Barlow

Professor of Climate Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Share:

Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Future of the Environment is affecting economies, industries and global issues
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale

Stay up to date:

Future of the Environment

Surface temperatures on Feb. 15, 2021, at 6 a.m. in Texas. The black lines show the jet stream, and the white line indicates the extent of freezing temperatures. Image: Mathew Barlow/University of Massachusetts Lowel

Have you read?

Two circulation patterns of the stratospheric polar vortex: strong (left) and stretched (right). Image: Mathew Barlow, University of Massachusetts Lowell
A schematic shows wave activity reflecting off the stretched stratospheric polar vortex. Image: Mathew Barlow, University of Massachusetts Lowell

A timeline shows the pathway from Arctic climate change to cold temperatures in North America. Red and blue in the third panel indicate differences from average conditions. Image: Mathew Barlow/University of Massachusetts Lowell
Discover

What’s the World Economic Forum doing about climate change?

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:

Future of the EnvironmentClimate ChangeArctic

Share:

Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s record-breaking summer in 2022
About Us
Events
Media
Partners & Members
Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2022 World Economic Forum