COLUMN-Blame Britain's floods on rainfall over Indonesia: Kemp
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LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - North America's bitter cold and
Britain's intense storms and flooding are due to heavy rain,
caused by higher coastal temperatures, in Indonesia and tropical
western Pacific via shifts in the jet stream, the UK
Meteorological Office says. ("Recent storms and floods in the
UK" Feb. 11).
A "persistent pattern of enhanced rainfall" - 50 percent
higher than normal in December and January - created westerly
winds that pulled storms into the region from the northern
Pacific, linking weather systems in the tropics with those
closer to the polar regions.
"Extreme weather events on both sides of the Atlantic were
linked to a persistent patterns of perturbations in the jet
stream over the Pacific Ocean and North America," the Met Office
and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology said in a comprehensive
report updated on Tuesday.