Knowledge of the course, or the path, of the jet streams has become an important part of weather forecasting for Meteorologists as they can steer cyclonic storm systems at lower levels. The Polar Jet stream, which ends high over the south of the UK, stayed south longer than usual in 2007 and this resulted in severe flooding that brought 8" of rain in a day to one part of Britain where, over 140 tons of water per second, thrashing through one village, nearly destroyed it completely. In 1976, the changing jet stream had the opposite effect and resulted in a heat wave bringing drought to the south of Britain. It is also thought today, that the jet stream may have been responsible for the 1930 Dust Bowl and widespread drought conditions that occurred in Midwest U.S at the time. Extreme weather conditions such as those have led to the development of different methods of alerting people to such dangers and the ABC 13 E-lert 2.0 program will alert you, personally, to any severe weather condition in your area. When serious weather conditions arise, vital information relating to storm conditions will be displayed as a crawl across your computer screen and information will be sent to you from ABC13 to keep you safe in an emergency. Your ABC13 E-lert will also alert you instantly about terror warnings, missing children, and any other breaking news, free of charge, right after you sign up for it, keeping you informed and safe.
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