No not the disastrous hurricanes we know of, but some most mysterious winds on this planet blow over Greenland – they are also the strongest! True, we don’t have to worry of the far-flown bizarre winds.
But, scientists say that these winds could be linked to weather and climate phenomena far from their icy realm. For two weeks, these mysterious winds flew head-on into hurricane-force winds, which whipped around the southern tip of Greenland recently. And, it is after this phenomenon; a scientist-group could have a better idea of just –
How these winds relate to factors like broader weather patterns, global ocean circulation and climate.
To have a close-up look at the roaring winds, the scientist-team sought to go airborne recently as part of the International Polar Year effort. The ‘tip jets’ form at Greenland when cyclones — large rotating weather systems — meet the hulking mass of the island during their northward journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
As a result, air flow is distorted and winds speed up.
Study team member Kent Moore of the University of Toronto said,
The air is forced to move around the obstacle, [which] causes these accelerations of the wind.
The air parcels that are forced to go around Greenland have a longer path than [parcels] that go over it, for instance. And because they have to all meet up at the end, the ones that go around have to accelerate.