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Why Global Warming Is Taking A Break

Why Global Warming Is Taking A Break

Fabio Bergamin, ETH Zurich The average temperature on Earth has barely risen over the past 16 years. ETH researchers have now found out why. And they believe that global warming is likely to continue again soon. Global warming is currently...

Latest El Niño-Southern Oscillation Stories

mollusk shell
2014-08-11 03:30:14

Hannah Hickey, University of Washington The planet’s largest and most powerful driver of climate changes from one year to the next, the El Niño Southern Oscillation in the tropical Pacific Ocean, was widely thought to have been weaker in ancient times because of a different configuration of the Earth’s orbit. But scientists analyzing 25-foot piles of ancient shells have found that the El Niños 10,000 years ago were as strong and frequent as the ones we experience today. The...

isotope anomalies in atmospheric sulfates
2014-08-06 02:00:54

Susan Brown, UC San Diego Anomalous isotopes trace Earth’s ancient atmosphere, past El Niño events and future climate Sulfur signals in the Antarctic snow have revealed the importance of overlooked atmospheric chemistry for understanding climate, past and future. Eruptions of huge volcanoes, the disruptive weather pattern known as El Niño, and a fire season from hell each left distinctive chemical marks in layers of snow excavated near the South Pole, researchers from the...

pacific trade winds
2014-08-04 05:15:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Climate scientists have finally solved the mystery as to why the equatorial Pacific trade winds, which were expected to get weaker due to increasing greenhouse gas levels, have actually gotten stronger in recent years. For more than a decade, experts have wondered why the trade winds have behaved in contrast to climate models and become supercharged since the early 1990s. The phenomenon, according to a team of US and Australian...

heatwave
2014-07-23 07:33:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The month of June set a new all-time heat record with an average global temperature of 61.2 degrees – five percent higher than the old record, which was set in 2010, officials from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Monday. According to CBS and Associated Press (AP) reports, last month’s average global temperature was 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. In addition, ocean...

2014-06-23 13:20:37

University of Exeter New study shows drought, heat waves and cold spells linked to air flow changes Variations in high-altitude wind patterns expose particular parts of Europe, Asia and the US to different extreme weather conditions, a new study has shown. Changes to air flow patterns around the Northern Hemisphere are a major influence on prolonged bouts of unseasonal weather – whether it be hot, cold, wet or dry. The high altitude winds normally blow from west to east around...

World Oceans Day 2014
2014-06-07 06:38:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Thousands of different organizations in more than 70 countries are joining forces this weekend to celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8, 2014), a global initiative designed to honor the massive bodies of water that cover the majority of the Earth as well as celebrate them for their aesthetic value and the products they provide to people all over the world. World Oceans Day (WOD), which has been unofficially commemorated since 2002...

El Niño: 2014 Looking Like 1997
2014-05-21 03:21:35

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA [ Watch The Video: ScienceCasts: El Niño – Is 2014 The New 1997? ] Every ten days, the NASA/French Space Agency Jason-2 satellite maps all the world's oceans, monitoring changes in sea surface height, a measure of heat in the upper layers of the water. Because our planet is more than 70% ocean, this information is crucial to global forecasts of weather and climate. Lately, Jason-2 has seen something brewing in the Pacific—and it looks a lot like...

University of Utah geochemist Gabe Bowen
2014-04-16 03:00:26

Lee Siegel, University of Utah Global warming may bring more curvy jet streams during winter Last winter's curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A University of Utah-led study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth's climate warms. "If this trend continues, it could contribute to more extreme winter weather events in North America, as experienced this year with...

2014-03-13 08:30:40

Company invites Main Street and Wall Street investors to attend interactive virtual conference HELSINKI, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stora Enso Oyj (Helsinki: STEAV, STERV, Stockholm: STE A, STE R, USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market) based in Finland and the 11th March 2014 announced that Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, SVP, Head of Investor Relations will present at the dbVIC - Deutsche Bank ADR Virtual Investor Conference. This is the fifth virtual...

El Nino Forecast A Sign Of Relief For Drought-Stricken Californians
2014-03-07 10:37:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California residents plagued by drought just got some good news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): El Niño is coming – maybe. El Niño is a weather-generating phenomenon based on the surface water temperatures off the western coast of South America and NOAA’s long-range forecast has said there is about a 50-50 chance that it will form this summer or fall – potentially bringing wetter weather to the...


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Climate Impact On Your Budget For Billings Montana
2012-12-29 12:40:14

If you live in or around Billings, Montana the above graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. In Billings during a normal phase of the ENSO your heating degree days pass 900HDD. However, when El-Nino phase is present the monthly average dropped to around 650.5HDD, which is a pretty significant amount especially when you are talking about paying that heating bill. When the La-Nina phase sets up the heating degree...

ENSO Impacts on Baltimore Tornado Count
2012-12-29 12:12:03

ENSO has an impact on the severe weather across the United States.  As we look at the above graph we see that the area of Baltimore is impacted by ENSO and its tornado count. The stats are for the described years to the left of each bar. During a La-Nina the tornado count picks up for the region; within 50 miles of the city up to 9 tornadoes occurred during the 2000 event. The 2010 EL-Nino set into the region and the tornado count dropped to around 4 tornadoes within 50 miles of the...

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...

Winds Impacted By The Cycles Of ENSO
2012-09-03 16:44:02

When it comes to wind, more and more people are turning to it as alternative option for electricity. One has to wonder what kind of impacts would be created by the different cycles of ENSO. The above graph has been done for Boston MA. The month of choice was to run it for March of all three cycles. Normal Cycle: (When we are in between EL-Nino and La-Nina) winds averaged around 0-5mph 9% of the month of March. While 6-10mph average winds occurred more often with 35%. And then winds in the...

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