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Hawaiian Northeast Trade Winds Are Decreasing
2012-10-15 05:11:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) researchers have noticed an increased frequency of the eastern trade winds and a decrease in frequency of the north east trade winds over the last 40 years. The study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, analyzed 37 years of wind speed and direction, and sea level pressure data from land-based weather stations, buoys and reanalysis data. For example, the northeast trade winds occurred...

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2011-02-07 07:47:34

Earth's global temperature has been rising gradually over the last decades, but the warming has not been the same everywhere. Scientists are therefore trying to pin down how the warming has affected regional climates because that is what really matters to people, and to adaptation and mitigation strategies. Their efforts, however, had hit a roadblock because the necessary observations of the winds over the oceans were biased. Developing a new method to remove the bias, Hiroki Tokinaga and...

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2009-07-01 13:45:00

The rain band near the equator that determines the supply of freshwater to nearly a billion people throughout the tropics and subtropics has been creeping north for more than 300 years, probably because of a warmer world, according to research published in the July issue of Nature Geoscience.If the band continues to migrate at just less than a mile (1.4 kilometers) a year, which is the average for all the years it has been moving north, then some Pacific islands near the equator "“ even...

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2009-06-03 13:51:29

Experts say a nearly continuous band of colliding weather systems near the equator has been the birthplace of some of the world's strongest storms. Scientists call the region the Intertropical Convergence Zone, where winds from the northern and southern hemispheres clash. This mixture spawns violent thunderstorms that can tower up to 60,000 feet. Such storms are far higher than any commercial airliner could fly over and officials suspect the Air France jet carrying 228 people that crashed...

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2006-10-10 00:30:00

MADISON - After more than a dozen hurricanes battered the Atlantic Ocean last year, scientists are wondering what - if anything - might be causing stronger and more frequent storms. Some have pointed to rising ocean temperatures, brought on by global warming. Others say the upswing is simply part of a natural cycle in which hurricanes get worse for a decade or two before dying down again. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have put forward an intriguing theory that...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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