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Greenland Ice Sheet Had Record Melt In 2012 Due To Jet Stream
2013-06-17 13:50:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to University of Sheffield research, published in the International Journal of Climatology, unusual Jet Stream changes were behind record surface melt of the Greenland Ice Sheet last summer. The Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) experienced a record surface melting in the summer of 2012, with more than 90 percent of the ice-sheet surface melting as of July 11, 2012. That was nearly double the previous record loss seen in 2010,...

Global Cooling Versus Global Warming
2013-06-17 05:31:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience report that a cold snap which occurred 116 million years ago triggered an event in the marine ecosystem known as global cooling. The researchers said they were able to confirm a link between global cooling and a crash in the marine ecosystem during the mid-Cretaceous greenhouse period. This study quantifies the amplitude and duration of the temperature change for the first time. The...

Arctic Permafrost Melts And Releases Greenhouse Gases
2013-06-11 10:18:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Conditions within Arctic permafrost soils prevent dead plants and animals from decomposing, resulting in layer upon layer of organic carbon being sequestered just beneath the topsoil. However, rising Arctic temperatures are causing these soils to thaw at unprecedented rates, and NASA scientists are currently looking into just how much greenhouse gas is being released through soil decomposition. Using NASA´s C-23 Sherpa...

Carbon Found To Leak From Land To Water
2013-06-11 09:35:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In general, scientists have thought that about half of the carbon emitted by human activities remains in the atmosphere, with the other half being stored in the oceans and on land. A new study, published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that human activity might be increasing the transition of carbon from land to rivers, estuaries and the coastal zones. This indicates that large quantities of anthropogenic carbon might be hidden in...

Severe African Drought In The 1980s Caused By Northern Pollution
2013-06-07 10:23:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the 1980s, decades of drought in central Africa reached the worst point. This caused Lake Chad, a shallow lake used to water crops in neighboring countries, to dry out almost completely. Initially blamed on overgrazing and bad agricultural practices, the shrinking lake and extended drought have become examples of global warming. A new study from the University of Washington reveals that the drought was cause in part by Northern...

2013-05-31 23:03:46

Waterloo, Ont. tech company Athena Software becomes a Gold pledging partner with non-profit environmental group Sustainable Waterloo Region, with a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas production by 60 per cent over 10 years. Waterloo, ON (PRWEB) May 31, 2013 Athena Software is going for gold by becoming even more green. The Waterloo, Ont. software company and creators of the Penelope case management software application have agreed to become a Gold pledging partner in the Regional Carbon...


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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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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