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Climate Impacts Of Polar Low Arctic Hurricanes
2012-12-17 05:32:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The intense, small scale storms known as polar lows could have a tremendous impact on oceanic water circulation and climate predictions, a team of researchers from the US and UK have discovered. According to scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the storms, which are also known as Arctic hurricanes, contain areas of extremely low barometric pressure and can produce...

Winters Will Be Warmer And Wetter In The Northeast By 2070
2012-12-13 11:01:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of climate scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has released a new study suggesting temperatures are going to be significantly warmer in all seasons in the next 30 years, especially in winter. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research, is the first to apply regional climate models to examine likely near-term changes in temperature and precipitation across the...

Corals Shrinking Around Equator Thanks To Global Warming
2012-12-11 14:34:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the clamoring for a more comprehensive strategy to battle climate change continues, scientists are producing more and more research that suggests incremental changes in global temperature can have a massive effect on ecosystems. A new study from a team of Australian and German researchers showed that when sea surface temperatures increased by about 0.7 degrees Celsius during the last interglacial warm period, the Earth´s...

Climate Is The Hot Topic In Doha
2012-12-07 18:50:23

ESA ESA joined international delegates in Doha, Qatar, to discuss how satellite observations show our planet´s most sensitive areas reacting to climate change — and how this information is useful to the people living there. After almost two weeks of talks and negotiations, the UN Climate Change Conference has entered its final phase, when countries are represented mainly by their Ministers of Environment. During the first week of the ℠COP 18´ Conference of the...

Climate Forecasts In The Long Term Need Work
2012-12-07 08:13:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association (AWI) has evaluated 23 current climate models to assess their ability to predict the weather conditions for the coming year or even the next decade. They concluded that there is still a long way to go before reliable regional predictions can be made on these scales, as none of the models assessed is currently able to forecast the...

2012-11-30 20:58:51

Climate scientists are still grappling with one of the main questions of modern times: how high will global temperatures rise if the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide doubles. Many researchers are now turning to the past because it holds clues to how nature reacted to climate change before the anthropogenic impact. The divergent results of this research, however, have made it difficult to make precise predictions about the impact of increased carbon dioxide on future warming. An...

New Trends In Climate Change Sweeping The Globe
2012-11-29 14:50:10

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The year is shaping up to be a warm one. A report released by the World Meteorological Association (WMO), the provisional annual statement on the state of the global climate, highlights a warming trend experienced during the first 10 months of 2102. The organization finds that despite La Niña occurring early in the year temperatures were the ninth warmest annually since records began in 1850. La...

One Lizard Species Adapts Quickly To Climate Change
2012-11-27 12:04:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Duke University shows that one tropical lizard's tolerance for cold is a bit stiffer than scientists had assumed. The Puerto Rican lizard Anolis cristatellus has adapted to the colder winters of Miami, Florida, the study shows. This lizard may also be able to tolerate temperature variations caused by climate change. The results of this study will be published in the December 6 issue of The American Naturalist....

Ocean Currents Helps Predict Arctic Sea Ice
2012-11-21 15:07:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at MIT have developed a new method for optimally combining models and observations of the Arctic Ocean to accurately simulate the seasonal extent of the ice change and the ocean circulation beneath. The Arctic Ocean freezes each winter to form sheets of sea ice that spread over millions of square miles. This ice then acts as a massive sun visor for the Earth and helps to reflect solar radiation and shield the planet from...

2012-11-21 12:54:39

It appears that it's not just us Brits who are fascinated with the UK weather. A group of researchers from Germany has taken to investigating the potential changes in extreme rainfall patterns across the UK as a result of future global warming and has found that in some regions, the time of year when we see the heaviest rainfall is set to shift. The study, published today, 21 November, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research Letters, finds that between 2061 and 2100, the...


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
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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