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Global Warming Increases Risk Of Record Heat
2013-09-06 04:50:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Last July was the hottest month in the history of US weather record keeping, but it may not hold that title for long, researchers from Stanford University claim in a recently-published report. According to Noah Diffenbaugh, an associate professor of environmental Earth system science at the California institution, and research assistant Martin Scherer, extreme weather is more than four times more likely to occur now than it was...

2013-08-30 23:21:54

Data centers require cooling, dust suppression and ESD control. Smart Fog introduces a system providing all features in one compact setup with a wide range of installation options. Reno, NV (PRWEB) August 30, 2013 This week Smart Fog introduced a humidification system for mission critical data centers. The system features 100% water efficiency, low energy consumption and low maintenance. Engineered for mission critical operations Smart Fog commercial humidifier operates 24 hours a day 7...

Understanding Desert Plant Migration
2013-08-30 13:24:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research shows that greater plant density allows more water to seep into the ground. This means that people living in dry climates where water is a limited resource could do well to plant dense patches of vegetation to allow more water into the ground. This research also explains why plants in semiarid and dry climates often grow in tight clusters and long bands across the soil. In his paper, which was published last month in...

Surprising Resilience Shown By Alaska Tundra After Unprecedented Fire
2013-08-30 09:20:21

Institute of Arctic Biology Despite the size and severity of the massive 2007 Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska’s North Slope, much of the arctic vegetation has recovered and the tundra is likely to return to its pre-fire condition according to University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Syndonia “Donie” Bret-Harte and colleagues in a recent scientific paper. In April 2007, a wall of smoke was visible 23 miles south of the fire at the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology Toolik Field Station...

Wildfires Could Become More Frequent Due To Changing Climate
2013-08-29 08:15:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Western US, where firefighters are currently battling dozens of fires in at least 11 states, has received bad news from a new study led by environmental scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The study, published online and in an upcoming print issue of Atmospheric Environment, suggests wildfire seasons by 2050 will be about three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area...

Last Glacial Maximum Peaked In Spain Much Earlier Than Elsewhere
2013-08-26 14:15:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While it’s widely believed that the world’s massive ice sheets were at their greatest extent 20,000 years ago during the last glacial maximum, new research published in Scientific Reports suggested that the glacial peak was much earlier in modern-day Spain. According to study researchers, their findings could inform more localized models of glacier activity and be used to calculate the effects of climate change. “We wanted to...

2013-08-19 23:02:48

When enough raindrops fall over land instead of the ocean, they begin to add up. New research led by NCAR shows that three atmospheric patterns drove so much precipitation over Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the world’s ocean levels dropped measurably. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 19, 2013 When enough raindrops fall over land instead of the ocean, they begin to add up. New research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that when three atmospheric patterns came...

West Antarctica Deglaciation Began Much Earlier Than Thought
2013-08-15 10:21:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the deepest ice cores ever drilled in Antarctica is revealing some interesting evidence about the southern continent’s turbulent past and the role Earth’s orbit played in the history of the ice ages. Scientists have known for more than a century that ice ages come and go due to the wobbling of the Earth as it orbits the sun. Increases in the intensity of summer sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere melted the ice sheets...

Summer Heat Extremes Will Quadruple In Intensity By 2040
2013-08-15 08:17:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Extreme heat waves, such as the one that blanketed the US last year and baked Russia in 2010, are expected to continue, becoming much more frequent and widespread in the coming years. Within three decades, extreme heat waves could triple to quadruple in intensity, in frequency and in area regardless of the amount of carbon dioxide we try to keep out of the atmosphere. Just 20 years ago heat waves were few and far between. But as...


Latest Climate Reference Libraries

Scots Pine
2014-04-14 10:50:20

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the only native pine to Europe and Asia and was introduced in New Zealand and the colder climates of North America. The Scots pine grows at sea level to 3281 feet in the northern regions and 3937-8530 feet in the south. The Scots pine grows to heights of 114 feet with a trunk that is just over three feet through. The bark is thick and dark grey-brown on the lower trunk with the upper trunk having bark that is thin and orange. The trunk is long and straight...

Climate Change
2013-04-01 11:05:27

Climate change is a substantial and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time ranging from decades to millions of years. It might be a change in the average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change is a result of factors that include oceanic processes, biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received buy Earth, volcanic eruptions, and plate tectonics, and human induced alterations...

Post Weather Report From August 2, 2012
2012-08-03 11:43:48

Four major events occurred yesterday, the first being the formation of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is now located just east of the Windward Islands with winds near 45 knots. The second was the heat in the Southern Plains as many places saw temps over 100F with heat index values near 105-110 for the region. High temperatures are again one of the main story makers across the country. 100 degree temperatures continue to plague Texas and Oklahoma. Eleven out of the last 14 days in...

Post Weather Report From September 5, 2012
2012-09-06 08:00:50

September 5: The southwest was encompassed in the monsoon rains yesterday bringing areas of flash flooding to portions of Arizona. Another smaller but large flooding event occurred along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where places in Jackson County received 7inches of rainfall in 2 1/2hours which lead to large flooding problems of already saturated grounds from Isaac-1. The heat persisted in Eastern Texas and into Louisiana and northward into Arkansas as some places felt temps hit the100’s with...

Weather Reference Library
2012-09-03 15:50:59

Honolulu is located in the Pacific Ocean and has a mostly marine time climate. Honolulu has a pretty consistent temperature average from month to month. This is a look at the La-Nina impacts on the local area. January 2010: For the month of January it is typical to see average high temps in the 80’s while overnight lows drop into the 70’s. During the El-Nino event January temps were 60% of the month at the normal, while 40% of the month was marked with above temps and 0% of the month...

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