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Weather control is largely fiction for now, although people are unintentionally changing their weather. And that might not be a good thing. It’s no wonder that people have long sought to control the weather.
Plants long entombed beneath Canadian ice are now emerging. They’re telling a story of warming unprecedented in the history of human civilization. Some mosses in Canada’s eastern Arctic have long been entombed in ice. But now, rising temperatures have been melting that ice, bringing those mosses to light.
When the polar jet stream jet dips far south, it can deliver blasts of cold and snow to temperate latitudes. Such extreme weather has been happening a lot lately. Scientists are debating whether that’s primarily due to the shifting cycles of the Pacific—or whether the melting Arctic plays a key role.
The New Year has brought freezing-cold weather to much of the United States, setting record lows in the Midwest and East. It was even chilly in the South. Snow flurries reached Florida. In Georgia, icy weather prompted officials to close highways and schools. At press time, the cold had caused at least 12 deaths.