Climate Science 101

There’s a lot of disinformation in the media about climate science (climatology). If you have the time to spend to learn more about it, consider looking through this anthology of posts. They address various impacts of climate change. Over the last few years I’ve been getting a lot of questions on that topic. These posts will bring you up to date on climate science. If the topic is new to you, I suggest you start with the first post and work your way down. You could call this Climate Science 101, and so I did:

The Difference Between Weather and Climate – Part 1: Any student of climate change needs to start here.
The Difference Between Weather and Climate – Part 2: There is a significant difference.
The Difference Between Weather and Climate – Part 3: Now you know.
Anatomy of a Storm Surge: Why hurricanes are getting worse.
If All Earth’s Ice Melted: What would the world look like?
Wind Power is Inexhaustible: Don’t believe what you hear about wind power.
Thermal Expansion and Sea Level Rise – Part 1: Hot water gets bigger.
Thermal Expansion and Sea Level Rise – Part 2: Hotter water gets bigger faster.
The Gravity of Melting Glaciers: Their horizontal gravity resists sea level rise — until the glacier melts.
Ocean Surge vs. Mississippi River: What happens when hurricanes overwhelm rivers.
How Glaciers Melt: Watch a glacier in Greenland actively feeding sea level rise.
Nuking a Hurricane: Why this wouldn’t work.
Climate 100 Years From Now: My predictions.
Great Lakes Water Levels – Part 1: Strange happenings in the Midwest.
Great Lakes Water Levels – Part 2: Is this the new normal?
Two Good Things About Wildfires: Amongst a hundred bad things.
The Polar Vortex: You’ve heard about it, now see it from space.
Wildfires and Air Quality: And here’s some of those bad things.
Heat Domes: The “opposite” of a polar vortex.
The Atlantic Overturning Meridional Circulation: One way the oceans affect climate.
How Drought and Extreme Rainfall Coexist: Not at all paradoxical when you understand the science.
Deadpool at Hoover Dam: The American West is running out of water.
Atmospheric Rivers: They can carry more water than the Mississippi River.
Carbon Capture: One company’s proposal to pull carbon dioxide directly out of the air.
How Air Conditioners Work: And … how to buy the best one for your application.
Yuma Beach Oceanfront Properties: Consequences of an extreme rise in sea level.
Extreme Tides in the 2030s: The confluence of several factors will make this happen along several coastlines.
Downstream Effects of Wind Farms: Does living downstream from a wind farm affect your weather?
The Northwest Passage: Melting sea ice is allowing different shipping routes, but it’s not all good news.
Hypermiling Stoplights: How to get the most miles out of every gallon of gas.
Bomb Cyclones: You’ve been hearing about them on weather reports, but what exactly are they?
Bubble Curtains vs. Hurricanes: A novel idea for lessening the impact of, or maybe even stopping, hurricanes.


The Doomsday Glacier: You’ve heard about it. Sounds ominous. What is it?
Canada Wildfire Smoke: An unexpected aspect of climate change, but it’s happening now.
Direct Causes of Wildfires: Followup to Canada Wildfire Smoke, with details and specifics.
Hygroelectricity: Not “hydro” but “hygro.” A surprising new renewable energy source discovered.
Pumped Storage at Apache Lake: One state’s efforts to get every drop of hydroelectricity.
Upgrading the Grid: We’re building solar and wind farms, but how do we connect them?
Tidal Power: Not used as much as other renewables, but as dependable as the Moon rising.
Siphoning Hoover Dam: Is this a way to avoid “deadpool?” Unfortunately, no.
White Hydrogen: Nobody was looking for it, but it appears there are massive amounts of this valuable resource.

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