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Richard Seager

Ocean, Mountains Account for Warm Western European Winters, Says Lamont Doherty's Seager, Not Gulf Stream

Richard Seager, senior researcher at Lamont Doherty Observatory, argues that, despite the common theory, it is not the Gulf Stream that warms Europe in the winter. Instead, he says, the Atlantic Ocean and mountains, particularly the Rocky Mountains, cause winters to be cold in eastern North America and warm in Western Europe. The ocean absorbs heat in the summer and releases heat in winter, he says.

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Shot: Oct 31, 2002
Published: Feb 05, 2003
Last modified:Jan 29, 2004