Reviews how regional differences in solar radiation create global wind belts.
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For the European expansion of the 15th and 16th centuries to take place, mariners needed to understand global winds and surface ocean currents. These explorers were motivated by the desire to acquire riches, spices and slaves.
Jet streams form where two air masses with very different characteristics meet. Jet streams can influence the weather where they flow.
When conditions in the Pacific Ocean are ENSO-neutral, the jet stream is not constrained and strange weather ensues. Bare ground in the Western mountains and blizzards in the South are possible.