Atmospheric

Siberian Altai Ice Cores Say Sun Drove Pre-Industrial Temperature Changes

An ice core drilled at the Belukha glacier in the Siberian Altai by a Swiss-Russian research team under the leadership of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in 2001 has now provided new findings in climate research. Oxygen isotopes in the ice were used to r ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 22 2008 - 10:40pm

Prince of Orange Studies Climate Change

Tangerine skies.. Tangerine blossoms, so I thought while wearing my tangerine trench coat in the Netherlands. I had no idea how much the Dutch would be attracted to me... for my coat. I learned soon that they favor 'that color' because of the Or ...

Blog Post - Hatice Cullingford - Dec 26 2008 - 12:11am

Volcanoes Are Climate Friends To The Tropics- Study

Big volcanic eruptions over the past 450 years have temporarily cooled weather in the tropics but suggest that such effects may have been masked in the 20th century by rising global temperatures, say researchers. The  paper, which shows that higher latitud ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 5 2009 - 5:54pm

Watch out, jerks everywhere: your time has come

I have a list of jerks already lined up for powering a space elevator, putting them in mortal danger of dying a painful death by plummeting elevator. Carefully Timed Jerks Could Power Space Elevator Disorganized jerks and procrastinating jerks need not app ...

Blog Post - Becky Jungbauer - Jan 6 2009 - 11:20pm

Get Better Weather Forecasts By Chasing... Thundersnow

Never 'heard' of thundersnow?  It's a rare sort of thunderstorm but the precipitation is snow rather than rain and because the snow dampens the sound so while you might  thunder from a typical storm miles away  the boom of thundersnow can on ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 13 2009 - 2:03pm

Better Aerosol Research Would Lead To More Accurate Climate Models- NASA

Climate prediction is difficult stuff.   As you know, it's impossible to predict the weather 10 days from now much less six months and aside from "it will get a lot worse" no one can say with any degree of certainty what Earth's climate ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 17 2009 - 11:23am

What Cosmic Rays Deep Underground Can Tell Us About The Weather

Cosmic-rays detected half a mile underground in a disused U.S. iron-mine can be used to detect major weather events occurring 20 miles up in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters and led by scienti ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 21 2009 - 10:54am

MINOS, Neutrinos And Iron Mines

Half a mile underground is probably the last place you might expect to be able to observe atmospheric phenomena. If you knew about the MINOS experiment, however, you might think otherwise. MINOS, which stands for Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search, ...

Article - Chris Rollins - Jan 23 2009 - 2:21am

Where Does The CO2 Go? The Mystery Of The Missing Sinks

Picture a tree in the forest. The tree "inhales" carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, transforming that greenhouse gas into the building materials and energy it needs to grow its branches and leaves.  By removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 2 2009 - 1:06pm

Aerosols More Damaging To Atmosphere Than Typically Considered

Aerosols are fine particles suspended in the atmosphere. Sources of human-generated aerosols include industry, motor vehicles and vegetation burning. Natural sources include volcanoes, dust storms and ocean plankton. Human-generated aerosols have long been ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 15 2009 - 10:37am