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How does the jet stream help move storms across North America?

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steven13 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM via web

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How does the jet stream help move storms across North America?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM (Answer #1)

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A jet stream is a long and narrow high speed air current. Generally, it flows in an eastward direction. Meteorologists can make weather predictions based on jet streams. Not only is it important in regards to weather prediction, it is important for the airline industry as well so that airplanes may travel safely.

Jet streams are usually located anywhere from 25,000-48,000 feet above the surface of the Earth and their winds range anywhere from 57 miles per hour to 300 miles per hour.

Basically, storms are pulled in west to east direction because of the strong current of the jet stream.

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