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Weather And Climate: The Climate Cycles Explained

May 08, 13 Weather And Climate: The Climate Cycles Explained

So, now we see that our climate has a pronounced warm and cold cycle to it. What are some types of weather and climate impacts that could bring to a region? First, let’s look at the warm cycle and what it has to offer. During a warm cycle, we will use the 2000’s for this example.  Reports kept coming in about large amounts of glaciers in the polar region melting faster and faster. This is common during a warm cycle of the earth. Secondly, the sea-surface temperatures begin to warm, and as they warm, they continue to alter the water flow patterns of the globe. This warm water gets pushed further northward and this becomes a huge player in the ice melting of the poles, as this warm water gets up into this region it forces the ice to begin melting and cracking. The air temperatures begin to rise as well; this is due to the amount of solar energy being pushed down from the sun. These warmer air temperatures then correlate to the sea surface, creating the warming of the ocean which then leads to the melting of the glaciers. They are all inter-locked together; change one and eventually all will change.  The increase of solar radiation starts to impact the ozone layers over the poles significantly which leads to further melting of the ice caps, etc…

During the warming cycle, we will also see an increase in warm extreme events, such as droughts, frequent long lasting severe outbreaks for tornadoes and also the more powerful hurricanes will build due to the increase in sea water.  The next major event becomes the shift in the polar front jet stream. Once this shifts things really start to get interesting, because now all of the warmer air is getting pushed northward; but remember this for every action there is an opposite reaction per Issac Newton’s third law of physics. So, if the Arctic is warming, where is it getting cooler? The middle of the globe around the mid-lats; the Plains of the United States would be one prime example. This past year of 2013 is a prime example of that occurring. But this temperature change is also the key indicator that we are now peaking in the warm cycle and headed back towards the cold cycle. We are going to start seeing the temperatures alter, like they have been for the past few months over the United States.

But at no time during this warming event is there information supporting that human made CO2 is causing this event to take place, the sun is the culprit of this climate shift that we are seeing right now as we are heading out of the warm cycle and headed towards a colder cycle now. This process will not occur overnight; in fact, this cooling cycle is supposed to peak out around the 2030’s.

So, what can we expect to see during the cold cycle of our climate? Well, first of all we will see it start with the sun. The sun will enter into a cooler phase, meaning that the sunspot count will be lower during max years. This then correlates to the earth as cooler temps; once the air temps start cooling the water temps will be the next thing to start cooling. Once they cool, expect the ice to start re-forming over the poles to larger depths and also expanding, like what occurs during an ice age. Significant weather events that would occur during this phase include the southward push of the polar front jet, which would keep the stormy weather further south and more cold air events with places seeing record cold weather, like we have been seeing over the past couple of months in the United States.  Thirdly would be the winter storms would become more prononunced and last longer into the season, just like this year as we’ve seen the last winter storm in May. So, snow cover would last longer, which could lead to impacts on our human life from food on the table to larger amounts of consumption.

All of these events will continue to impact our Earth. The best thing is just prepare yourself for “OUR CLIMATE” as we live in this world and will feel this climate time and time again. Again, no where in the cold cycle did I mention about CO2 from humans and power plants because it is not important to the changing of our cycles; the sun is the major impact of this.

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