Spot The Scientist
By Paul Homewood
In the red corner, we have Dr Paul Williams of Reading University.
Williams has received Royal Society Fellowship grants worth £739K since 2009, to research climate models.
According to him, the jet stream is speeding up because of climate change.
And in the blue corner we have Dr Jennifer Francis of Rutgers.
She claims the jet stream is slowing down:
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, an effect enhanced when the sea ice that normally cools the Arctic air melts away. Because of this, the air currents that come from that region are getting disproportionately warmer too, narrowing the temperature difference between the Arctic and southerly winds, and thereby weakening the jet stream itself. “The winds have weakened by 10 per cent over the past three decades in the west-to-east wind of the jet stream”
Will the real scientist please stand up?