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Is windy weather a possible facet of global warming?

Windy weather – is my perception, or was last year windier than previous years. Based on observations on damage to the garden and protecting other outside objects. If it was, is this a possible facet of global warming and what of the future?
Robert Mclean from Norfolk (Age 45-54)

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  1. From what I recall, while we certainly have had a phase of positive North Atlantic Oscillation during recent winters (strong westerlies, depressions tracking to the north), we had a similarly positive phase in the 1920s, so I don’t think the windiness we currently have is without precedent. Thus it’s a bit of a stretch to blame the recent windy weather on global warming- though it may well be a factor.

    However, it’s quite possible that as the globe warms up we may end up with more severe winds, as higher global temperatures result in higher sea surface temperatures, and potentially more energy going into mid-latitude depressions. Deeper depressions will mean stronger winds due to the tighter pressure gradients. Also, most climate models do suggest that in a warmer world we are likely to see stronger wintertime westerlies in the mid-latitude northern hemisphere.

    So not a definite “yes”, but I’d say it’s more likely than not.

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