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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:21 PM

Cities Affect Temperatures for 1,000s of Miles

Jan 27, 2013 01:00 PM ET
by Larry O'Hanlon

... Despite the fact that heating energy in big cities is sparsely dispersed over the planet as a whole, amounting to only about 0.3 percent of the total energy coming from warmer regions to cooler regions in winter via weather and ocean currents, this human-made heat could be enough to affect the jet stream and other big atmospheric circulation systems. This means big heated cities could be altering the weather thousands of miles away in the winter.

Thatís the conclusion of a group of researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Florida State University, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The researchers added the anthropogenic winter heat to climate models to test out whether it could explain real world winter warming patterns seen in some areas that had before confounded scientists. The results of the study appear in the Jan. 27 issue of journal Nature Climate Change.

Specifically, these researchers find evidence that the waste heat from buildings and cars in urban areas of the Northern Hemisphere are increasing temperatures in remote areas by as much as 1 degree C (1.8 F) in remote areas of North America and northern Asia ...


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struggle4progress Jan 2013 OP
prole_for_peace Jan 2013 #1
ROBROX Jan 2013 #2
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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:57 PM

1. Of course they do.

I know in my city they keep destroying nature's air conditioners (trees and green spaces). Then they pave those spaces for buildings or parking. How can the radiated heat from those paved areas not warm the city surroundings?

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Response to prole_for_peace (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:47 PM



In California they keep covering the ground with urban sprawl. There is a lost of 1000's of acres of agriculture land every year. The hills where nothing grows but weeds is the perfect place for homes and they do not do this in California very often.

I live in the foot hills and my county on has two stop lights and does not require SMOG testing. There is no Walmart, Kmart, etc.

So far a nice wet winter and more rain this spring.....

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:53 PM

3. Excellent catch, struggle4progress!

Thank you. Peace. lmsp

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