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Global Temperatures Were Hot In September
2012-10-16 07:10:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This past summer has been a record setting season. We have seen the lowest ice extent in the Antarctic, the largest number of wildfires and acres burned, the hottest year to date in the U.S., and the hottest month in 118 years of temperature recordings (July 2012) in the U.S. That brings us up to September, which has just tied for the hottest September globally since 1880. September 2012 matched the record for September 2005 for...

Climate Change May Have Positive Impact On Some Desert Plants
2012-10-10 09:15:25

Some plants in arid regions benefit from climate change Dryland ecosystems cover 41% of the Earth´s land surface. These ecosystems are highly vulnerable to global environmental change and desertification. But climate change seems to have a positive impact on some plants. A study involving the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock has come to this conclusion. Using demographic methods, ecologist Roberto Salguero-Gómez investigates desert plants to...

2012-10-09 20:44:27

The Arctic is getting warmer and wetter. As temperatures rise and sea ice melts, scientists suspect that system feedback cycles may further speed up the warming process. Now, a new study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder is showing how shifting patterns of humidity may bring about changes in the Arctic atmosphere. The new study compiled data from the 1950s through the present to examine the subtle changes in the Arctic atmosphere over time. The team then incorporated the data...

High-Pressure Systems To Strengthen
2012-10-06 08:06:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The subtropical highs, or the high-pressure systems over oceans which influence atmospheric circulation and global climate, are expected to become more intense over the next century, according to a new study published online this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. The study, which was led by Duke University assistant professor of earth and ocean sciences Wenhong Li, found that these high-pressure systems, which "largely...

Southern Hemisphere Becoming Drier
2012-10-04 21:07:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research reported in the journal Scientific Reports claims that the southern hemisphere is becoming drier. The researchers wrote that a decline in April-May rainfall over southeast Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone. The scientists were looking to explore why autumn rainfall has been in decline across southeastern Australia since the 1970s, which is a period that included the...

Forests In The Southwest Could Change Due To Climate Change
2012-10-01 05:29:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Rising temperatures and decreases in precipitation associated with climate change could cause "widespread tree death" in the forests of the southwestern US, which could lead to "substantial changes" both in the landscape and the creatures living there in the near future, experts warn in a new study. Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the University of Arizona, Columbia University,...

2012-09-24 23:01:21

Climate models and ocean temperature patterns suggest a general lack of North Atlantic blocking during late Autumn and early Winter. Andover, MA (PRWEB) September 24, 2012 WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (October-December) to average slightly higher than normal across most regions, with the exception of parts of far southeastern Europe. “As we head further into autumn, trends in the climate models are for a generally mild and wet...

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2012-09-21 03:00:55

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 20: The cold air is settling in over a good portion of the Northern Plains and also the Great Lakes region as many places again last night dealt with frost and freezing conditions. There were a few wind damage reports that came in from Southeast Georgia and the Northeast portion of Florida. Also yesterday there were reports of hail in Missouri, other than that a fairly quiet severe weather day. Weather Outlook...

Predictions Put To The Test By Climate Scientists
2012-09-19 08:21:49

A new study has found that climate-prediction models are good at predicting long-term climate patterns on a global scale but lose their edge when applied to time frames shorter than three decades and on sub-continental scales. Climate-prediction models show skills in forecasting climate trends over time spans of greater than 30 years and at the geographical scale of continents, but they deteriorate when applied to shorter time frames and smaller geographical regions, a new study has found....

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2012-09-18 03:00:59

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from September 17: The heat continued in the Southwest, while the Gulf Coast got hit with heavy rainfall amounts between 1-3 inches and some higher amounts. The frost hit the pumpkins in the North and it evened snowed in Colorado. One tornado was reported in Kansas along with damaging winds along Lake Michigan and also a few reports in Kansas, Texas, Tennessee and southern Alabama. Weather Outlook for September 18: A strong cold...


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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