This Is How Climate Change Is Making Flights Shorter

If you think your last flight was shorter than usual, it might not be in your imagination.

New research from the University of Arizona has revealed that lights across the Atlantic Ocean have actually been getting shorter due to changes in the climate. Specifically, the North American jet stream has been strengthening and experiencing increased fluctuations since the 1960s.

These speedier winds help aircraft make the average ocean crossing quicker than ever before. In fact, a Norwegian Air flight ended up breaking a supersonic speed record in January of 2018 when it flew from NYC to London is a mere five hours and 13 minutes.

As if that isn’t impressive enough, the same airline broke January’s record just last week with a five hour and nine minute flight between the two cities.

This may seem like an upside to climate shift, but the same extreme winds helping planes move faster are bringing more intense weather to Europe and parts of the U.S. Consequences of these increased North American jet stream fluctuations include natural disasters like wildfires and heat waves.