“Weakening of the stratospheric polar vortex by Arctic sea-ice loss”, Nature Communications 2014

Weakening of the stratospheric polar vortex by Arctic sea-ice loss

Baek-Min Kim, Seok-Woo Son, Seung-Ki Min, Jee-Hoon Jeong, Seong-Joong Kim, Xiangdong Zhang5, Taehyoun Shim4 & Jin-Ho Yoon .  Received 15 Jan 2014 | Accepted 9 Jul 2014 | Published 2 Sep 2014 DOI: 10.1038


I remember when I first read an accepted version in the Summer, 2014.  One of the scientists worked at Battelle-PNNL,  I did not receive it from him, but through a friend of a friend. I worked from Seattle, part-time on nano-photonic modeling as part of my third year of semi-retirement.  I was using 3-4 Linux clusters (36 processors available remotely), doing interations through EM fields in nano-scaleable Yee cells. First we would calculate the E vector then the H vector. Using those values we would re-interate another E and another H.

I was interested in their modeling nest – Linux clusters – and the variability of CAM3.0.  It was through this roundabout way I became a CAM3.0/CAM4.0/CAM5.0 modeler.  Later a Climate modeler picking my own applications, finally a Climate Action advocate.  It didn’t all happen at once.  Some days, I wish it hadn’t.  I can truly say the science dragged me into it.  I did not drag it anywhere.


…For instance, whereas the sudden weakening of the stratospheric polar vortex…a major Sudden Stratospheric Warming event..occurred relatively infrequently during the 1990s…it has occurred almost every year since 2000. SSW events are followed by a Negative Arctic Oscillation.

One occurred in the 1980s.  None are on record before the 1980s [Reichler, T., Kim, J., Manzini, E. & Kroger, J. A Stratospheric connection to Atlantic climate variability. Nat. Geosci. 5, 783–787 (2012)].

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Connecting The Dots

Two things are obvious:

  • First, Arctic Vortex Collapse; Sudden Stratospheric Warming; and Arctic Sea-Ice loss in the B-K Region are Children of the 21st Century.  Not before. 
  • Second, they are Human.  Humanity has given them, as gifts, to our own children, in an attempted robbery of their future world in Global Warming Hell.  I break literative, because it makes me angry.



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