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Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby rodent » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:18 pm

They say it was a lack of a gulf stream that caused the Frankenstorm

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic ... me_to_life

Out to the east, over the Atlantic, a ridge of high pressure nestled down. Between them, these two systems blocked the usual west-to-east flow of the jet stream.

Up from the south came Sandy. The jet stream could not push her out harmlessly to the east as it normally would. Instead, the ridge system merged with tropical Sandy to create a rare hybrid storm


Anyone know how this will effect surf in these parts and if we will be due harsher winters
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby Leven » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:22 pm

Might be complete bollocks/coincidence/psycho babble/mumbo jumbo, but the last time we had a lack of GS/it was a long way south, we had an epic winter. Cornwall's south coast pumped....
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby henryg » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:02 pm

jet stream or gulf stream? I was under the impression that the warmer than usual gulf stream was what allowed Sandy to head so far north whilst still gaining power
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby Philchapman » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:06 pm

Er...... The Gulf Stream is not the Jet Stream. The Jet Stream is not the Gulf Stream. Two Different things.
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby Obelix » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:48 pm

Jet-stream = high-altitude airflow

Gulf-stream = ocean current
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby defever » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:04 pm

One (not absolute) perspective of what caused Sandy and some accounts of the people affected by it...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01p10qn/Sandy_Anatomy_of_a_Superstorm/
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby ATTMFKH » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:56 pm

me too - sold two of them recently & want my 6'8" quad back :cry:
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby Chris F » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:23 pm

rodent wrote:Anyone know how this will effect surf in these parts and if we will be due harsher winters


The cold winter 3 years ago was apparently due to the jet stream being deflected south by very strong HP near the Azores? The lack of SW airflow allowed colder air normally held back by it to penetrate south giving us cold temps and great snowfalls. Be nice to get another winter like it.

As others have said the gulf and jetstream are two totally different things though.
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby Obelix » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:36 pm

Chris, how were the waves that 2010 winter with all the snow?

That was before I was living in Aberdeen.
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby Chris F » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:01 am

I'm trying to remember. Probably shit!

We had a newborn to deal with and any free time I had I was heading for the hills! I do remember getting snowed on while surfing a dawnie that winter and getting changed in freezing cold a few times. Roberdy might remember better.
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby danny1 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:31 am

2010 was normal average bollocks on the east coast
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby danny1 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:32 am

2007 / 8 was the last proper good year

I measure this by the number of days a local break which only breaks above 10@10sec breaks
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby Obelix » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:34 pm

Lol, that sucks, thought the cold would've brought some waves at least.

Here's hoping for another good winter this year...
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Re: Lack of Gulf Stream

Postby roberdy » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:12 pm

danny1 wrote:2010 was normal average bollocks on the east coast


This, couple of epic sessions interspersed with weeks of interminable shite if I recall! Although that was the first winter working in Sweden so I probably missed heaps!
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