The Real North Pole - Earth Gauge Fact Sheet


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The Real North Pole!

Toys and elves, reindeer and caribou, penguins and polar bears…What is the North Pole really like? Amid the images portrayed on holiday advertisements and greeting cards at this time of year, Earth Gauge sheds some light on the science behind the real North Pole and breaks down some of the common myths associated with Earth’s Polar Regions.
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Climate Fact Sheet: Mid- to Long-Range Weather Forecasting and Winter Weather Prediction
This fact sheet discusses some of the key cycles used to predict America’s weather on time scales longer than a few days, focusing on winter weather prediction.  For example:

·         Madden-Julian Oscillation activity is particularly useful for predicting winter weather in America’s West on time scales from two to four weeks. The famous wintertime “pineapple express” is linked to the MJO affecting the position of the Pacific jet stream.

·         The December 2009-January 2010 cold snap in the eastern United States happened during a period when the North Atlantic Oscillation was strongly negative.

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