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A number of extreme weather events have struck the Northern Hemisphere in recent years, from scorching heatwaves to desperately cold winters, and from floods and storms to droughts and wildfires. 

These events have fueled intense discussions in scientific conferences, government agencies, cafes, and on street corners around the world. Why are these events happening? Is this the emerging signal of climate change, and should we expect more of this? Media reports vary widely, but one mysterious agent has risen to prominence in many cases: the jet stream.

The story begins on a windswept beach in Barbados, from where we follow the ascent of a weather balloon that will travel along the jet stream all around the world. From this viewpoint we observe the effect of the jet in influencing human life around the hemisphere, and witness startling changes emerging. What is the jet stream and how well do we understand it? How does it affect our weather and is it changing? These are the main questions tackled in this book.

©2020 Tim Woollings (P)2020 Tantor

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Interesting for a weather and climate nerd, but…

as an audiobook, this is a bit hopeless to understand thoroughly. At least for me, it just requires too intensive spatial operations in your head, or very tight concentration.

Note that figures are not available for the audiobook.

Narration is ok, but I just wonder why the narrator does not seem to recognise shifts from science to the side story of Joseph. A pause of a couple of hundred milliseconds there would make the transitions more natural.

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Would have been 5 stars if a PDF of diagrams

Would have been 5 stars if a PDF of diagrams was provided. The diagrams are integral to illustrating.