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The tricky science of proving a link between a warmer Arctic and wacky weather

Last year, Rutgers climate scientist Jennifer Francis gained scientific -- and media -- attention for proposing an explanation for how climate change is leading to more events like Superstorm Sandy, flooding in Europe and heat waves in Russia. The basic idea goes like this: Rapid warming in the Arctic is changing the way the jet stream behaves. Since the jet stream is a driving force behind weather over the temperate part of the Earth, also known as the mid-latitudes, many people would be affected by this switch.

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