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Trees Will Not Grow Up Into Alpine Level, Study Says
2013-04-11 19:27:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists thought forest lines on mountains would start growing in higher elevations as the planet's temperature began to rise due to global warming, but new research out of the University of Calgary found it not to be the case. The team found local geologic and geomorphic conditions would limit trees being established at higher elevations on mountains. They wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

Sahara Desert Was Greener In Ancient Times
2013-04-06 06:24:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers say that there was an abrupt and widespread climate change that took place in the Sahara Desert 5,000 years ago. About 5,000 years ago, the Sahara was full of landscape and vegetation, as well as numerous lakes. Ancient cave paintings in the region depict hippos in watering holes, and herds of elephants and giraffes. However, today this region is barren and inhospitable. The Sahara's "green" era lasted from 11,000 to...

Greenland's 2012 Record Ice Melt Due To Thin Cloud Cover
2013-04-04 11:15:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Global sea levels would rise by 24 feet if the sheet of ice covering Greenland were to melt in its entirety tomorrow. But it is very unlikely that nearly two million cubic miles of ice will wash into the ocean overnight. Researchers have been tracking increasing melt rates since 1979. Last summer the melt was so extensive that ice core records show similar events only about once every 150 years over the last four millennia. "In...

Climate Predictions Could Take Some Clues From The Pliocene Epoch
2013-04-04 06:51:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Temperature patterns during Earth´s last prolonged global “hot spell” some 5.3 million to 2.6 million years ago differed markedly from those of modern times, suggesting current climate models may need to be adjusted to improve future predictions, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. The Earth was warmer during that time - known as the Pliocene Epoch - than it is today, and had higher...

Northern Hemisphere Could Experience More Tropical Rainfall Due To Climate Change
2013-04-03 12:19:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Rising global temperatures are expected to cause catastrophic change worldwide; however a team of UC Berkeley and University of Washington scientists has found that the Northern Hemisphere will see a greater shift in tropical rainfall patterns compared to the Earth´s southern half. Based on climate data and simulations, the climatologists found that rising temperatures will cause significant shifts in rainfall patterns around the...

Greening Of The Arctic A Real Possibility
2013-04-01 04:56:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Rising temperatures in the Arctic will cause the region to become much greener in the near future, claims new research published in Sunday´s edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to Jaymi McCann of the Daily Mail, the study concludes that a gradual warming of climate will lead to an increase in trees and shrubs in the Arctic, which could cause wooded areas to increase by as much as 50 percent over the next...

Loss Of Arctic Ice May Be Cause Of This Chilly Spring
2013-03-27 14:31:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you been experiencing the coldest spring weather in recent memory? It´s probably because of global warming. According to climate scientists, warmer than average temperatures have thrown a monkey wrench into global weather patterns by melting Arctic sea ice at record rates during the summer months. "Ironically ... as the ice pack retreats and the Arctic heats up, there's a counteracting tendency in middle latitudes for colder...

Natural Climate Swings Contribute More To Increased Monsoon Rainfall
2013-03-21 10:52:49

University of Hawaii “‘ SOEST Natural swings in the climate have significantly intensified Northern Hemisphere monsoon rainfall, showing that these swings must be taken into account for climate predictions in the coming decades. The findings are published in the March 18 online publication of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Monsoon rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere impacts about 60% of the World population in Southeast Asia, West Africa and North...

Study Shows More Hurricane Surges In The Future
2013-03-19 08:50:48

University of Copenhagen By examining the frequency of extreme storm surges in the past, previous research has shown that there was an increasing tendency for storm hurricane surges when the climate was warmer. But how much worse will it get as temperatures rise in the future? How many extreme storm surges like that from Hurricane Katrina, which hit the U.S. coast in 2005, will there be as a result of global warming? New research from the Niels Bohr Institute show that there will be a...


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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