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Temperatures have increased about twice as fast in the Arctic as in the mid-latitudes, a phenomenon known as the Arctic amplification.
The idea that there was a link between this phenomenon and extreme weather conditions became prevalent during the severe winter weather in the United States and European countries in 2014.
However, Dr James Screen from the University of Exeter, UK, has shown that the Arctic amplification has actually reduced the risk of cold extremes across large swathes of the Northern Hemisphere.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the kind of extreme cold experienced by the United States is a pattern we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.
“I believe the odds are that we can expect as a result of global warming to see more of this pattern of extreme cold.