Saturday, July 13, 2024

Scientists Have Figured Out Why The Southern Hemisphere Is Stormier


For a long time, it has been known the Southern Hemisphere is stormier than the Northern one, and finally, scientists have figured out why this is the case.

The research was led by climate scientist Tiffany Shaw from the University of Chicago and was supported by the US National Science Foundation.

The researchers discovered that the main reason the Southern Hemisphere is 24% stormier than the north is due to two factors: The large mountain ranges that exist in the Northern Hemisphere and ocean circulation. These factors combine to create a stronger Jet Stream and more extreme weather events in the Southern Hemisphere.

According to Eric DeWeaver, the program director of the NSF’s Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences:

“You might think a mariner’s battle with a Southern Ocean storm had nothing to do with sea ice loss in the Arctic, at the other end of the world. But the ocean connects the two, and we need to understand how these connections work and what they mean for climate change around the world.”

Check out the original study here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for