Here's why the weather in America has been so wild lately

Rain in New York.
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Wildfires in California, flooding along the Eastern Seaboard, tornadoes in Iowa. Confused by this week's weather? Meteorologists say the jet stream is to blame.

The jet stream, an air current that encircles the Earth, has adopted an "extreme" pattern that has surprised even experienced meteorologists, The Washington Post reports.

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