The Atmosphere


What is the low-level jet stream?

Seen in the central United States, low-level jet streams are air flows coming in from the Gulf of Mexico into the Central Plains, but they also occur as streams flowing from the Indian Ocean into Africa. Low-level jet streams occur at altitudes of only a couple thousand feet and can bring in moisture and warm air that creates severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. In the Central Plains, though, they only occur at night.


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