The Northern Hemisphere has experienced severe, icy and cold weather over the past two weeks. Arctic storms are wreaking havoc, causing major delays, flight cancellations and aviation accidents in several parts of Asia, Europe and North America.
The freezing weather is the result of destabilization of the Arctic jet stream, according to CNN. As temperatures rise, the jet stream moves south and pushes cold Arctic air, or the polar vortex, into affected areas.
The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, explained John Walsh, chief scientist employee of the International Arctic Research Center. Scientists believe that the phenomenon known as Arctic amplification will not only intensify, but that the world will see even more extreme weather events in the future.
The following airports are currently affected by Arctic storms: