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        NOVA | A Five-Day View of the Jet Stream

        Although few weather phenomena have the ability to affect weather on a global scale, jet streams are such phenomena. These bands of high-speed wind roar through the atmosphere 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 10 miles) above Earth's surface. This animated image from NOVA Online illustrates a jet stream's wild undulations over North America during a five-day period in January 2001.

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