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  •  Try NASA's write up on the last link (3+ / 0-)
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    I am not a physicist. The physics involved in planetary wave breaking in the stratosphere is above my pay grade. If I understood it better, however, I doubt that I could explain it better to someone who doesn't know the physics. I read articles by atmospheric physicists and they were pretty hard to parse.

    I note that NASA didn't really explain the physics of the 2009 warming, but the write up might give you a different perspective.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:10:52 PM PST

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    •  It's above every pay grade. (1+ / 0-)
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      The star writer on these topics is Jeff Masters. The star lecturer is Jennifer Francis. Watch how more and more they just shake their heads at the observations.

      The great thing about those two is they can often make very complex issues simple to understand. Not always. Weather is a complex system. And a lot of what we're watching is too new and too different to get a handle on.

      •  Jennifer Francis' TED talk discussed polar vortex (0+ / 0-)

        You can google it up. She's amazing.

        Jeff Masters really knows his stuff. I asked him a question about the intensity of a major Australian hurricane at landfall and he had found a station that recorded the wind speed and pressure. He also knows atmospheric physics really well as far as I can tell.

        Kerry Emanuel at MIT is also a good read. He's a conservative who has smacked down Republican climate change denial.

        look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

        by FishOutofWater on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:36:30 AM PST

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