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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2014, 07:18 PM

7. Ok, let me try to untangle this for you


We see record high temperatures during the summer months and record low blizzards during the winter months. We see hurricanes and tornados and forest fires.

That is part of what was predicted, These are more dramatic weather events, which are separate from climate.

Is it possible for the earth to do both, get colder and hotter at the same time? Or is it impossible?

Overall the planet is getting warmer, this is putting more energy into the atmosphere which is leading to more dramatic weather events, such as those storms, and droughts. Weather and climate are two different critters. To simplify this, climate is long term change, while weather is what you see every day. Long term you will see more dramatic weather events.

In my totally unscientific opinion, I think the Earth is getting more hot than it is getting colder. Simply because of the law of gravity. We are naturally inclined to be pulled toward the Sun, I would think?

Gravity has nothing to do with this, While we are getting pulled in, the planet has a speed and centrifugal force is in perfect balance, keeping the planet at a stable orbit. Yes the orbit is not completely circular, so during the winter it is closer to the sun, (in the northern part of the planet, north of the equator), but it is tilted away from the sun.

However, if the universe is still expanding, including the distance our Earth is from the Sun, then the opposite would be true. We would be getting colder climate change. In the scales of humans we will not even notice, without advanced equipment

In my unscientific opinion, the cold arctic fronts we are experiencing are caused more by the rotation of the Earth on its axis and the switching of the our poles, which usually happen over the period of centuries. The cold artic fronts were predicted by climate experts and are partly due to more energy in the atmosphere.

Is climate change more than just a theory? What other proof do we have other than our own experiences?

There are literally oodles of research on this. I recommend a visit to Scripps Oceanography museum, they have extremely easy to follow exhibits on this. Or your local natural history museum. Alternatively, there are good programs on places like the science channel from time to time, or you could read scientific american on the subject, or Discovery Magazine.

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