This is a misrepresentation of the science. Nobody is saying global warming caused the storms.<quoted text>
Yes, second year meteorology student in a accredited community college. Look at this about the floods in Britain:
For what it's worth, though, Mat Collins - a professor in climate systems at the University of Exeter and co-ordinating lead author to the IPCC - said at the weekend that the recent storms were not caused by climate change but by the jet stream being stuck further south than usual.
He said: "There is no evidence that global warming can cause the jet stream to get stuck in the way it has this winter. If this is due to climate change, it is outside our knowledge."
He says "no evidence".
Don't believe me? Let's listen to one of the MET office scientists:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-2608462...Climate change is likely to be a factor in the extreme weather that has hit much of the UK in recent months, the Met Office's chief scientist has said.
Dame Julia Slingo said the variable UK climate meant there was "no definitive answer" to what caused the storms.
"But all the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change," she added.
The link with climate change is uncontroversial:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/f..."There is an increasing body of evidence that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming more intense, and that the rate of increase is consistent with what is expected from fundamental physics."
In short, it is unlikely to be a coincidence that four of the five wettest years and the seven warmest years on record in the UK have occurred from 2000 onwards.
It is not true to say there is no evidence to suggest climate change can cause the jet stream to get stuck. This is a current theory in climate science. Not the consensus yet, but there is evidence for it.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment...The main system that helps determine the weather over Northern Europe and North America may be changing, research suggests.
The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path.
This has resulted in weather remaining the same for more prolonged periods.
The work was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.
As a meteorology student, this is a theory you will need to be aware of.