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Is Houston’s Summer Climate Changing?

Climate change is expected due to increasing CO2. Is there evidence that climate change is happening in the Houston, Texas area’s warmest months? “Warmest months” is defined as the warmest six months (May thru October). Houston’s weather is dominated in … Continue reading

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Is Heavy Rain Increasing in the Houston Area?

Very heavy rain occurred in the Houston, Texas urban area on Memorial Day 2015. Several people drowned and property damage was substantial in a small part of the city. Was this a random weather event or was it part of … Continue reading

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Is Global Precipitation Changing? The reanalysis view.

Precipitation is an important way that Earth “keeps its cool”.  Precipitation processes account for about a quarter (estimated 80 W/m3) of the 340W/m3 our planet must remove to avoid warming. For perspective, contrast that 80W/m3 with the 4W/m3 impact of … Continue reading

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Is Amazon Rainfall Changing?

This is a look at ERA rainfall data for the Amazon region (as I define on the photo below). The area is a proxy for the Amazon Basin, meaning that it doesn’t precisely conform to the basin but it does … Continue reading

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Tropical Precipitation and ENSO

Let’s take a look at how tropical precipitation (as reported by ERA) behaved in two larger ENSO events. One event happened during 1996-2000 and the other 2007-2011. Both periods included a large El Nino event and a significant La Nina in short … Continue reading

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Tropical Precipitation

The website KMNI Climate Explorer is an excellent source of climate data. The site offers access to a wide variety of data in user-friendly ways. Among Climate Explorer’s many offerings are daily precipitation estimates.  The word “estimate” is important as … Continue reading

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Intraseasonal Oscillation “X” (“IOX”)

Here’s a puzzle. The puzzle involves satellite-derived tropospheric temperature estimates. These temperature estimates are created from AQUA satellite data. UAH offers the daily data at their website. AQUA’s channel 5 data is thought to reasonably represent the bulk of the troposphere. The puzzle is an intraseasonal oscillation in … Continue reading

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