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A glacial zephyr

The hydrology of the North American west looked very different at the Last Glacial Maximum to today. A model–data comparison suggests the observed precipitation patterns are best explained if the storm track was squeezed and steered by high-pressure systems.

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Figure 1: Glacial atmospheric circulation.

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Putnam, A. A glacial zephyr. Nature Geosci 8, 175–176 (2015) doi:10.1038/ngeo2377

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