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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...

Young And Old Song Sparrows Experience Climate Change Differently
2013-08-12 15:52:50

University of California - Davis What's good for adults is not always best for the young, and vice versa. At least that is the case with song sparrows and how they experience the effects of climate change, according to two recent studies by scientists at the University of California, Davis, and Point Blue Conservation Science. Both studies show the importance of considering the various stages and ages of individuals in a species -- from babies to juveniles to adults -- to best predict...

Climate Science Boost With Tropical Aerosols Profile
2013-08-02 12:59:57

CSIRO The seasonal influence of aerosols on Australia's tropical climate can now be included in climate models following completion of the first long-term study of fine smoke particles generated by burning of the savanna open woodland and grassland. Australia's biomass burning emissions comprise about eight per cent of the global total, ranking third by continent behind Africa (48 per cent) and South America (27 per cent). Lead researcher, CSIRO's Dr Ross Mitchell, said fine particles...

Violence Linked To Climate Change
2013-08-02 09:27:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From higher crime rates to a greater chance of social upheaval, a new study from researchers at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley predicts more violence across the globe will be one of the effects of climate change. Based on an analysis of 12,000 years of historical and climate data culled from 60 different studies in fields ranging from archaeology to political science, the research team concluded an...

Scientists Are Decoding Mechanism For Long-term Climate Fluctuations In The Atlantic
2013-07-25 10:29:13

Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) Why does hurricane activity vary from decade to decade? Or rainfall in the Sahel region? And why are the trans-Atlantic changes frequently in sync? A German-Russian research team has investigated the role of heat exchange between ocean and atmosphere in long-term climate variability in the Atlantic. The scientists analyzed meteorological measurements and sea surface temperatures over the past 130 years. It was found that the ocean...

Pacific Northwest Nighttime Heat Waves Occurring More Frequently
2013-07-20 05:14:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In western Washington and Oregon, it might not be so easy to sleep this summer. Nighttime heat waves are becoming more frequent, and records show that on average, heat waves tend to strike around the last week of July. A new study from the University of Washington, published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, shows that the region west of the Cascade Mountains saw only three nighttime heat waves between 1901 and...

New Variability In Iron Supply To The Oceans With Climate Implications Discovered By Scientists
2013-07-19 09:44:51

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (UK) The supply of dissolved iron to oceans around continental shelves has been found to be more variable by region than previously believed -- with implications for future climate prediction. Iron is key to the removal of carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere as it promotes the growth of microscopic marine plants (phytoplankton), which mop up the greenhouse gas and lock it away in the ocean. A new study, led by researchers based at the...

Earthworm Poop Could Help Improve Climate Change Models
2013-07-09 04:49:08

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent discovery about earthworm excrement could help scientists improve our models of future climate change. Most earthworms excrete balls of calcium carbonate crystals, a chalk-like material. What makes these crystals interesting is that they retain a memory of the temperature at which they were created. Scientists at the Universities of Reading and York conducted an experiment in which earthworms were kept at differing...

Atmospheric Circulation Patterns In Australia Disrupted By Climate Tug Of War
2013-06-26 14:03:02

CSIRO Further evidence of climate change shifting atmospheric circulation in the southern Australian-New Zealand region has been identified in a new study. The study, in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, demonstrates that mid-latitude high pressure zones (30oS-45oS) are being pushed further into the Southern Ocean by rising global temperatures associated with greenhouse warming. This is despite more frequent occurrences of strong El Niños in recent decades, which should have drawn...

Herbal Earth Revealed By NASA/NOAA Project: Suomi NPP
2013-06-22 05:28:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New high-resolution images released earlier this week by NASA provide a bird’s-eye view of the areas of Earth where there is lush vegetation, as well as arid regions where the landscape is barren. The photos, which were crafted using a year’s worth of data collected by a joint NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) project known as the Suomi NPP (Polar-orbiting Partnership), were revealed to the public by...


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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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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