Peculiar weather pattern precedes heat waves, study says

10/28/2013 | LiveScience.com

A strange global weather pattern often precedes extreme heat waves, say scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Researchers used thousands of computer simulations of heat waves and noted that many were preceded by a wavenumber-5 pattern, which consists of five high-pressure systems distributed evenly across the Northern Hemisphere, allowing areas of heat and high pressure to build up and persist.

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