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Fluffy Antarctic Snow Provides New Insights On Climate Cycles
2013-02-26 10:35:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, has found particles from the upper atmosphere trapped in a deep pile of Antarctic snow that hold clear chemical traces of global meteorological events. The study was published in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and suggests anomalies in oxygen found in sulfate particles coincide with several episodes of...

2013-01-09 12:39:27

How does mathematics improve our understanding of weather and climate? Can mathematicians determine whether an extreme meteorological event is an anomaly or part of a general trend? Presentations touching on these questions will be given at the annual national mathematics conference in San Diego, California. New results will also be presented on the MJO (pronounced "mojo"), a tropical atmospheric wave which governs monsoons and also impacts rainfall in North America, and yet does not fit into...

Coral Fossils Say 20th Century El Nino Was Intense But Not Unusual
2013-01-04 12:28:23

Watch the video “Examining Fossil Corals” April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have dramatically expanded the amount of information available on the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a Pacific Ocean climate cycle that affects weather patterns worldwide, by examining a set of 7,000-year-old fossilized corals. The teams says that their study will help assess the accuracy of climate model predictions for twenty-first-century climate change in...

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...

Tropical Indo-Pacific Climate Changes To A More El Niño-like State
2012-11-15 11:57:55

University of Hawaii “‘ SOEST The Walker circulation determines much of the tropical Indo-Pacific climate and has a global impact as seen in the floods and droughts spawned by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Meteorological observations over the last 60 years show this atmospheric circulation has slowed: the trade winds have weakened and rainfall has shifted eastward toward the central Pacific. The immediate cause of this slowdown has puzzled climate...

California No Stranger To Severe Weather
2012-11-02 11:06:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, climatologists from the University of California at Merced are warning that the West Coast could be in line for a superstorm of its own. “We can see very big storms, and there are a couple of issues related to climate change to think about,” said Roger Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. “Most of our biggest storms are snow storms, which builds up...

Future Rainfall Uncertain In South Pacific
2012-10-29 04:17:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two different competing climatic effects -- increasing temperatures and changes in atmospheric water transport -- will determine how much (or how little) rainfall the South Pacific islands will receive in the future, claims a new study published in Sunday's online issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the study, which was written by Matthew Widlansky and Axel Timmermann of the International Pacific Research...

2012-10-24 04:02:29

El Nino Event “Failure to Launch” Andover, MA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012 WSI (Weather Services International) expects the November-January period to be cooler-than-normal across the northwestern quarter of the country and in parts of the Southeast, with above-normal temperatures across most of the eastern two-thirds of the country. The WSI seasonal outlooks reference a standard 30-year normal (1981-2010). “It is now clear that the previously expected El Nino event is dead...

Global Warming Increases Tropical Rainfall Extremes
2012-09-18 07:18:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Extreme precipitation events in the tropics can come in many forms; thunderstorm complexes, flood-inducing monsoons and wide-sweeping cyclones like the recent Hurricane Isaac. Scientists expect global warming to intensify extreme precipitation, but the rate of intensification in the tropics remains unclear. A new study from MIT, published online this week in Nature Geoscience, gives an estimate based on model simulations and...


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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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