Earth’s atmosphere cooling as solar minimum arrives


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The uncertainty of science: With the early arrival of the solar minimum, the Earth’s atmosphere has quickly shown signs of cooling.

New research shows that Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding. “We see a cooling trend,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.”

These results come from the SABER instrument onboard NASA’s TIMED satellite. SABER monitors infrared emissions from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a key role in the energy balance of air 100 to 300 kilometers above our planet’s surface. By measuring the infrared glow of these molecules, SABER can assess the thermal state of gas at the very top of the atmosphere–a layer researchers call “the thermosphere.”

“The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It’s one of the most important ways the solar cycle affects our planet,” explains Mlynczak, who is the associate principal investigator for SABER.

What effect this upper atmosphere cooling will have on the surface climate is somewhat uncertain, though there is a great deal of evidence suggesting the surface climate will cool also.

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6 comments

  • Cotour

    Can’t be, must be fraudulent data, global warming just burned down California!

    So therefor the globe is warming and not cooling. Simple logic.

  • wayne

    The Candlemakers’ Petition
    – Frédéric Bastiat 1845
    https://youtu.be/sM1xcQ2wLZI
    8:59

    “In the Candlemakers’ petition, the candlemakers and industrialists from other parts of the lighting industry petition the Chamber of Deputies of the French July Monarchy (1830–1848) to protect their trade from the unfair competition of a foreign power: the Sun.”

  • Cotour

    Told you.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/11/california-disaster-declaration-fires-trump-983168

    Jerry Brown says that its global warming that is causing this massive destruction, never mind that the population of California has grown tremendously and is in the multi tens of the millions now and there is no reasonable thinning and clearing of dead trees and forest management being practiced.

    ITS GLOBAL WARMING!

  • Cotour

    Occasio Cortez delivers her own brand of Socialist crazy right out of the box! She is going to give so much entertainment, she just gives and gives.

    https://ntknetwork.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-joins-climate-protest-in-pelosis-office/

    ““I just want to let you all know how proud I am of each and every single one of you. For putting yourselves and your bodies and everything on the line to make sure we save our planet,” Ocasio-Cortez said.”

    And this is right in Pelosi’s office! Pelosi has no idea what she is about to do battle with. The true full blood Leftists are going to eat her alive.

  • Andrew_W

    wayne, you forgot to add “/sarc”

  • Cotour

    As the evidence that the earth cools it is a great opportunity to reshape the discussion of “Global warming” or the universal serves all political purposes evolved term “Climate change” by the rational arguments that can be made regarding pollution and plastics particularly. Plastics and plastic pollution as I have mentioned is what has seeped into the consciousness of the Democrat voter. Own that subject and there is a chance of garnering their vote.

    (Not that being rational will effect the politically insane Left but it is an opportunity to speak to those rational Independent Democrats that can be reached with logic and taken away from the Democrat leadership)

    Here the “Gift” (That is what I will be calling Ocassio Cortez from now on) stirs the political pot in Washington, and I do not even think that she has been “inaugurated” yet.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/15/ocasio-cortez-climate-change-976915

    And do not think that this is all done as a function of a 28 year old leftist waitress and her strategizing her democrat party segments agenda. This is not by happenstance this is by an organized agenda.

    The Republican leadership has an opportunity here, take away the Lefts foundation issues one by one and prevail in 2020.

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