posted on Jan, 31 2014 @ 11:22 AM
I remember learning at a very young age (yes i know i actually learned something in school besides reading and math) that solar radiation changes
weather patterns due to the fact that the earth naturally disperses radiation to the poles through storms. Ok, that was a long breath i know. Lets
take a look at some information regarding this phenomena before going any further...
Ask a scientist
How does solar radiation affect weather?
Jared Peterson, Grade 8
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
Acted on by the combined effects of the earth's motions and energy from the sun, our planet's formless and invisible envelope of air reacts by
producing an infinite variety of weather.
Solar radiation hitting the earth, a sphere which is tilted on its axis, puts into effect differential heating of the earth's surface. This affects
weather and climate all across the globe. For example, the tropics along the equator get a lot more heat than at the poles. The air at the equator is
heated. This air becomes less dense and rises. This rising air creates low pressure at the equator. The rising air cools and as it cools water vapor
condenses with increasing altitude. This creates the high rainfall that we get at the Intertropical Convergence Zone in the tropics. This is just one
example of how solar radiation affects weather in one specific area of the earth.
Solar radiation also is what drives atmospheric circulation or the winds across the globe. We all know that heat rises, right? Well, the excess heat
in the tropics rises. Then this rising air is circulated around the globe due to the Coriolus force, or the force of the rotation of the earth.
The earth then gets major wind belts along it's surface which in turn affect weather all over the world.
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So we can see that the solar radiation or background radiation here on Earth massively affects our climate and weather patterns.
The air at the equator is heated. This air becomes less dense and rises. This rising air creates low pressure at the equator. The rising air
cools and as it cools water vapor condenses with increasing altitude. This creates the high rainfall that we get at the Intertropical Convergence Zone
in the tropics.
So all the snow in the atmosphere is that due to condensation happening in the equator, or possibly somewhere else?? This is interesting because the
weather in south Florida is more wet then is usually is this time of year. Now i'm not saying that its a big deal it is tropical here in Florida and
the weather patterns are always different so lets not make that a DD scenario.
Solar radiation also is what drives atmospheric circulation or the winds across the globe. We all know that heat rises, right? Well, the
excess heat in the tropics rises. Then this rising air is circulated around the globe due to the Coriolus force, or the force of the rotation of the
earth. The earth then gets major wind belts along it's surface which in turn affect weather all over the world.
So if solar radiation drives atmospheric circulation across the globe and affects weather patterns globally this leads me into 2 distinct positions on
2 specific topics.
Topic 1, Fukushima. Hypothetically speaking could the radiation coming out of Fukushima be affecting weather patterns in what would obviously be a
much smaller percentage then the sun, but none the less still affecting them? Example, causing snowstorms and cold weather across the country? Now im
not a meteorologist so i cant fully break down it down im simply just asking a question here because i have no idea.
Topic 2, global warming. In this instance we can see that global warming is largely due to the sun and solar cycles correct? How does this affect the
global warming paradigm and man and naturally made cycles of warmth and cool?
Natonal Snow and Ice Data
NOAA Space Weather Scales
Clouds are made of tiny water droplets or ice crystals that have condensed onto tiny pieces of sea salt, dust, smoke, or other particles in
the air. Clouds have two major effects on weather and climate. Clouds reflect sunlight, which can keep surface temperatures cool. However, they also
trap heat close to the Earth's surface, which keeps temperatures warmer. Which one of these processes wins out depends on how thick the clouds are,
and a number of other factors, including cloud type and thickness, the magnitude of the solar radiation, and the albedo of the underlying
UPI Science News
The NOAA Space Weather Scales were introduced as a way to communicate to the general public the current and future space weather conditions
and their possible effects on people and systems. Many of the SWPC products describe the space environment, but few have described the effects that
can be experienced as the result of environmental disturbances. These scales will be useful to users of our products and those who are interested in
space weather effects. The scales describe the environmental disturbances for three event types: geomagnetic storms, solar radiation storms, and radio
blackouts. The scales have numbered levels, analogous to hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes that convey severity. They list possible effects at
each level. They also show how often such events happen, and give a measure of the intensity of the physical causes.
LONDON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Recent nasty winters in the United States and northern Europe may be partly caused by changes in ultraviolet
radiation from the sun, researchers say.
Is ultraviolet radiation from the sun the only factor we have affecting our weather patterns or are we affecting them with nuclear
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