The Source of Europe's Mild Climate - The notion that the Gulf Stream is responsible for keeping Europe anomalously warm turns out to be a myth (American Scientist, Jul-Aug 2006, by Richard Seager). (ht: Arts & Letters Daily)
A myth I have long subscribed to. Everyone I know who is aware of the differences in European climate vs. Eastern North American climate at similar lattitudes believes this myth. I would doubt the article - it relies heavily on climate models - except that the author finally gets around to mentioning that no model was necessary to determine what they determined. It had all been measured and demonstrated for many decades. Yet the myth persists. We humans are fond of our myths.