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Early Earth Relied On Carbon To Keep Warm Enough For Life
2013-07-10 13:58:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of Colorado Boulder researchers have figured out how early Earth was warm enough to support life when the sun was 20 per cent dimmer than today. A new study determined that all that may have been required to sustain liquid water and primitive life on Earth during the Archean eon, 2.8 billion years ago, were the reasonable atmospheric carbon dioxide amounts believed to be present at the time and a little bit of methane....

Wildfires Play Great Role In Climate Change
2013-07-10 04:34:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Emissions produced as a result of wildfires could be playing a greater role in global warming than experts had previously believed, according to new research published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. Climate scientists had long known that wildfires produce a mixture of carbon-containing particles. However, measurements taken by researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Michigan Technological...

Climate Changes Could Increase Hurricane Frequency This Century
2013-07-09 11:21:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a unique combination of computer models, MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel has made the contested prediction the 21st century will see an uptick in the number of hurricanes and tropical storms as a result of the forces of climate change. "Studies using the same technique applied to the previous generation of global climate models showed very little change in global frequency, but an increase in intensity," Emanuel told...

El Nino More Active In 20th Century Than In Previous 700 Years
2013-07-01 07:05:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a tropical Pacific Ocean phenomenon that has important consequences for weather around the globe. During years with ENSOs, increased rainfall is seen across the southern US, which has the potential for causing destructive floods. Meanwhile, drought conditions embrace the Western Pacific, increasing the chance of devastating fires throughout Australia. It is also during El Nino years that...

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...

2013-06-25 23:26:47

Obama’s attempt to ‘stop global warming and climate change’ by reducing carbon dioxide or closing coal power plants will only create an American-style ‘heat or eat’ crisis like that which forced millions into fuel poverty in the UK and Europe. Global temperatures have been declining since 2001 as solar magnetic activity falls; these natural climate factors are not part of the IPCC’s computer models which have lead governments to implement unnecessary climate policies that sent...


Latest Climatology Reference Libraries

Urban Heat Island
2013-04-02 15:35:21

An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...

Impact Of Growing Degree Days For Baltimore In March
2013-01-13 08:26:45

Growing Degree Days are another huge part of our lives even though we may not deal with them directly. Growing degree days have to deal with the growing of fruits and vegetables along with other various crops that are grown throughout the United States for our personal use. As we examine the Baltimore Maryland area we can see how the impacts of a normal, El-Nino and La-Nina cycle have an impact on just the one month of March. These numbers are based on 50F which is the base number used for...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Bismarck, North Dakota
2012-09-18 13:29:03

If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...

ENSO Effects On Ocean Waters
2012-09-14 11:46:45

The above graph highlights how the ENSO has an impact on water temps. Northern Gulf of Mexico during EL-Nino: The first part of March during this EL-Nino cycle saw water temps in the 56-60F range, while the 8-14th saw water temps warm to the 60-64F range. By the third week of March temps had maintained 60-64F. The last week of March the temps dropped back to around 56-60F. Northern Gulf of Mexico during LA-Nina: The first week of March saw water temps approach the 70-72F range, by the...

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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