Atmospheric

Peatland Carbon Emissions May Not Be So Bad

A previously unknown dual mechanism slows peat decay and may help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from peatlands during times of drought, according to a new study. The naturally occurring mechanism was discovered in 5,000-year-old pocosin bogs in coastal N ...

Article - News Staff - May 11 2015 - 12:55pm

Tropospheric Hot Spot Predicted In Global Warming Models Detected

Researchers have confirmed strong warming in the upper troposphere, known colloquially as the tropospheric hotspot, long expected as part of the global warming hypothesis.  Though the tropospheric hotspot appears in many global climate models, the inabili ...

Article - News Staff - May 20 2015 - 12:58pm

5 Big Weather Myths Debunked

 Karin Heineman, Inside Science –  Predicting and analyzing weather is a highly sophisticated scientific endeavor these days. But, it is also peppered with a good deal of lore. We're here to debunk some popular weather myths. Myth #1: Heat lightning, ...

Article - Inside Science - May 22 2015 - 3:47pm

Low-Volatility Organic Compounds: How Forests Can Effect Clouds And Climate

According to a new global-scale projection, terrestrial vegetation emits several million tons of extremely low-volatility organic compounds (ELVOCs) per year to the atmosphere, which affect cloud seeds via formation of low-volatility vapors. These oxidatio ...

Article - News Staff - May 26 2015 - 9:53am

Typhoons Up To 14 Percent Stronger Under Moderate Climate Change

Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large portions of the Philippines in November 2013, killed at least 6,300 people. It set records for the strongest storm ever at landfall and for the highest sustained wind speed over one minute ever, hitting 194 miles per ...

Article - News Staff - May 29 2015 - 7:09pm

Ancient El Niños And Bunny Booms

In the fickle, unpredictable system that is our climate, it looks like El Niño, which was already said to have came and gone with a whimper months ago by climate scientists, may finally be arriving. When it happens, we may know by bunny breeding. At times ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 8 2015 - 12:00pm

How Atmospheric Rivers Form

 If you want to blame something for an overcast day, it's safe to go with the tropics. Water vapor originating from the Earth's tropics is transported to mid-latitudes on long filaments of flowing air that intermittently travel across the world& ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 9 2015 - 2:14pm

Changing Climate Prompts Boreal Forest Shift

With warming summer temperatures across Alaska, white spruce tree growth in Interior Alaska has declined to record low levels, while the same species in Western Alaska is growing better than ever measured before. The findings are the result of a study led ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 18 2015 - 3:13pm

Controlling The Path Of Lightning

We can use lightning rods to increase the probability of it striking at a specific location but its exact path remains unpredictable. Perhaps not for long. At a smaller scale, discharges between two electrodes behave in the same manner, streaking through ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 23 2015 - 5:25pm

How Jet Contrails Affect Surface Temperatures

High in the sky where the cirrus ice crystal clouds form, jet contrails draw their crisscross patterns. Now researchers have found that these elevated ice cloud trails can influence temperatures on the ground and affect local climate.   For contrails to f ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 22 2015 - 2:34pm