Basic Science For Global Warming Dummies

Energy flow is driven by differences in energy, not absolute energy.

A warming Arctic would reduce the frequency and intensity of storms, not increase them. If the Arctic got as warm as the equator, there would be little or no weather at all on earth.

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18 Responses to Basic Science For Global Warming Dummies

  1. omanuel says:

    Physics for wannabe climatologists:

    Global temperature data were altered to hide the solar force that produced, in solar cycle #24, the lowest number of sunspots recorded since 1750.

    Click to access Solar_Energy_For_Review.pdf

    (Sunspots appear when powerful, deep-seated magnetic fields from the Sun’s compact core emerge through the photosphere, as explained in this 2002 paper on “Super-fluidity in the solar interior: Implications for solar eruptions and climate,” Journal of Fusion Energy 21, 193-198 (2002)]: )

  2. Andy DC says:

    When we were having our snowstorm last week in DC, at the same time the Carolinas were in the 80’s. Obvioulsy those types of huge temperature gradients are conducive to producing storms.

  3. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    The all important ‘temperature gradient’.

    Via “Warmapeadia”:

    The major driving force of atmospheric circulation is solar heating, which on average is largest near the equator and smallest at the poles. The atmospheric circulation transports energy polewards, thus reducing the resulting equator-to-pole temperature gradient. The mechanisms by which this is accomplished differ in tropical and extratropical latitudes.

    Note: “The major driving force of atmospheric circulation is *solar* heating…”

  4. gator69 says:

    Global warming dummies don’t do science.

  5. inMAGICn says:


    Low pressure HERE and high pressure THERE and guess which way the wind blows. Same with other diverse variables. Gads.

    • DD More says:

      Actually Low Here and High There causes the air to spin different directions and not a straight line high to low.

      • inMAGICn says:

        Maybe not straight, but guess the general direction. A few years ago in Spokane, a big low developed over the Idaho Panhandle/west Montana, and a big high was over the Cascades. I remember telling people in the lab we could only hope no fires broke out. Well, they did. 70 mph winds, and they weren’t blowing east to west. Lots and lots of damage.

  6. Scottallen says:

    Does this article mean that
    Michael Mann has given up trying to prove global warming?

  7. SxyxS says:

    Little differences= more harmony.Less extraordinary results/effect.
    This is universal.

    But overall,
    considering an allover 10degree celsius warmer planet with the same spectrum/gap
    which instead of current ca. -60(arctic)/+60(lybian desert)degrees celsius
    is -50/+70
    there should be more storms/thunders/lightnings etc as much more energy exist inside the weather system which should cause more turbulences.
    Thats not the case right now,therefore it seems it got colder.

    • Michael 2 says:

      SxyxS says: “there should be more storms/thunders/lightnings etc as much more energy exist inside the weather system which should cause more turbulences.”

      Good thinking but wrong. My lithium-polymer batteries have an enormous amount of energy stored in them but they do not explode or cause turbulence. The energy must have a place to go and a reason to go there.

      If all air everywhere had the same temperature, it would do nothing; regardless of the temperature of the air. It has no reason to move.

      A magnet must have a north pole and a south pole in order to work.

      A battery must have a positive terminal and a negative terminal to work.

      Air moves when there’s a hot place and a cold place. The cold place will cause the air to contract and become dense, moving down. The hot will cause the air to expand and rise. If the hot and cold are close enough, it will produce a circulation.

      In the case of Earth, the equator is heated the most and air rises, pulling air over the surface of the oceans and a bit of land to replace it. But the earth is spinning. The velocity of the earth north of the equator is less than the velocity of the Earth at the equator, becoming zero at the pole. So as the air moves south, the land is moving east faster than the air so the air seems to be moving southwest.

      Where the air comes down is about 30 degrees north latitutude and spreads out on hitting the surface. The air that goes south seems to go southwest, and the air that goes north seems to head northeast, the “Trade Winds”. The worst place for a sailing ship is directly under where the air comes down; it might not be going anywhere. Same with where the air goes up. So if you want to sail west, get down around 15 to 20 degrees latitude, and if you want to sail east go up to 40 degrees or so.

      Or something like that.

      But as the air continues north, it turns more and more eastward instead of north and this causes a spin which eventually becomes a cyclone when it wraps all the way around.

      The cyclone in turn deflects the jet stream and the jet stream, trying to get back where it belongs, drags cold arctic air with it over the eastern United States and viola — warm west, cold east!

  8. John B., M.D. says:

    Tony – Even Dr. Richard Mueller agrees with you on this point –

  9. Steve Case says:

    And whenever they tell me how many zeptojoules the ocean has absorbed, I always remind them that it only amounts to a temperature rise of a tenth of a degree or so, and it’s not going to warm anything more than that a tenth of a degree or so ever.

  10. emsnews says:

    This is why hurricanes never happen in the North Pole, too.

    The winds around Antarctica are ferocious due to there being virtually no landmasses for much of the lower half of the Southern Hemisphere compared to the Northern Hemisphere which has most of the landmasses.

    So the warm equatorial waters affect the temperature much more in the Southern Hemisphere so when it encounters the severe cold of Antarctica, it makes for some of the most interesting sailing on earth.

    • DD More says:

      “If you did not know Arctic hurricanes happen, you are not alone. They even come with a central “eye”, extreme low barometric pressure and towering 30-foot waves that can sink ships and cover metal platforms with thick ice, threatening oil and gas exploration.
      Climate scientists report the first conclusive evidence that Arctic hurricanes, also known as polar lows, play a significant role in driving ocean water circulation and climate. Their results point to potentially cooler conditions in Europe and North America in the 21st century than other models predict. ”

      They just call them Polar Lows, Hurricanes in the Mid Atlantic & Typhoons in Western Pacific & Extratropical North of 45 Lat. See Oregon Columbus Day Storm, 1962

      Fun times when your a kid and don’t know better. Had plenty of chances to catch the leaves falling off the cottonwood trees before it really hit.

    • Truthseeker says:

      That is why the Sydney to Hobart yacht race is considered one of the world’s top annual yacht races. It is just as much about who finishes as it is about who finishes first.

  11. Psalmon says:

    I just think it’s cool that the Barrow, AK web cam has been upgraded so we can now make out the palm trees along the coast road. Those ingenious Alaskans have even adapted the trees for telephone poles which shows how environmentally efficient they are.

  12. DD More says:

    ImageMan – bet they shut down the interstate @ Mosses Lake for that one. A place where the weather is good enough for an Air Force Base. Old UofI grad here.

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