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Global warming 'will give Britain longer, colder winters' as melting sea ice plays havoc with weather patterns

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Arctic conditions: A bus tries to make its way through Tunbridge Wells, Kent, as bad weather sweeps across the country

Ten years ago global warming “scientists” were saying the opposite, that Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.

So if winters become warmer it’s global warming’s fault and if they become colder it’s still global warming’s fault. So whatever happens to nature, it will always “prove” that these so-called scientists are right.

Melting ice will cause blasts of cold air to be funneled over Britain during winter months.

Britain will be hit by longer and colder winters in coming years because of global warming, “scientists” have said.

Melting Arctic Sea ice has changed wind patterns in the northern hemisphere – bringing blasts of colder air across the UK.

“Scientists” believe the changes could be why we have been experiencing such a bitterly cold December.

In future we are three times as likely to be hit by bitterly cold winter months because of the changing climate.

Vladimir Petoukhov, who conducted the study at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact in Germany, said the disappearing sea ice will have an unpredictable impact on the climate.

‘This is not what one would expect. Whoever thinks that the shrinking of some far away sea-ice won’t bother him could be wrong,’ he said.

‘There are complex interconnections in the climate system, and in the Barents-Kara Sea we have discovered a powerful feedback mechanism.

‘Our results imply that several recent severe winters do not conflict with the global warming picture but rather supplement it.’

Colder winters: Warming of the polar ice cap could give us regular freezing Decembers in the future

Rising temperatures in the Arctic – increasing at two to three times the global average – have peeled back the region’s floating ice cover by 20 percent over the last three decades.

As the Arctic ice cap has melted the heat from the relatively-warm seawater escapes into the colder atmosphere above, creating an area of high pressure.

That creates clockwise winds that sweep south over the UK and northern Europe.

The study was completed last year – before Britain was hit by a freezing winter and heavy snowfall.

Chilly: A car drives carefully in a blizzard in North Tyneside, as the current cold spell continues to grip the country. Scientists say we are three times as likely to have cold winters in the future

Scientists said it was too early to say if the freezing conditions this year and last year were caused by changes in the Arctic.

But as the ice continues to melt, Britain will begin to have warmer than average winters – but not for another half a century.

Stefan Rahmstorf, professor of physics of the ocean at the Potsdam Institute, said: ‘If you look ahead 40 or 50 years, these cold winters will be getting warmer because, even though you are getting an inflow of cold polar air, that air mass is getting warmer because of the greenhouse effect.

‘So it’s a transient phenomenon. In the long run, global warming wins out.’

The paper was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research last month.


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