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How long it takes to cool a planet?

Suppose a planet like Earth or Venus is totally isolated from sunlight. How quick would it cool down? On Earth it seems to me that the air temperature drops significantly even during a night. Does it ...
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How will climate change affect planetary waves?

You can see planetary/rossby waves in the meanders of the jet stream. In short: If an air parcel moves from warm subtropics towards the pole, it will deviate toward the east due to conservation of ...
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Elevation of Atmosphere differ?

Does the atmosphere depth (or how high the air molecules from the ground) of Earth or Mars differ gradually or can there be plumes of atmosphere that reaches into space? If I were able to travel a ...
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The higher value range for the same satellite product (NO2_OMI_TEMIS)

I'm dealing with NO2 column density of troposphere, and my data source is TEMIS. The NO2 level3 data can be derived from the original information of OMI instrument. I have downloaded two types of ...
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Why is the Atlantic anticyclone an area of high pressure if it's the warmest spot on the planet?

I am taking a navigational course and part of it is about meteorology. There is one thing which is, although obvious, quite hard for me to grasp. Looking at a global weather map like this: https://...
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Is oxygen spread equally on Earth's surface?

We know that oxygen comes from trees and plants (photosynthesis), so in the jungle where there are a lot of trees you would expect more oxygen than in the desert where there are no trees. Walking in ...
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What factors affect daily temperature range?

I was wondering if the difference between the low temp and the high temp depended on just the humidity content and the altitude of a place. Or are there more factors? What about the time of year? How ...
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Why is the sky bluer in winter than in summer?

I don't know why, but I have noticed my whole life that the sky's blue color seems saturated in winter and sort of pale, milky, and washed out in the summer. Does it have to do with the angle of the ...
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Why is it colder in the mountains than at sea level?

I have heard numerous reasons why that is. I just want to know which one is right.
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Estimating the residence time of atmospheric CO2 from bomb 14C

This (rather dodgy) graph shows a number of estimates of the residence time of atmospheric CO2: My question concerns why there is so much variation (Machta, 1974 about 3 years, Seuss and Druffe, 1983 ...
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Have these optical satellite ground station locations been chosen for clear skies?

Having lived in southern California, I know that some areas on the planet can be absurdly sunny and clear throughout the year, and having lived several other places, I know some areas can be ...
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What would be characteristic time of the escape of an 1atm air (or oxygene atmosphere) from the Moon?

(related question) I am thinking on the Moon if it would have an oxygen atmosphere. What would be the characteristic time of its escape? Although the Moon has a much lower escape velocity as the ...
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What is the characteristical time of the loss of the Earth atmosphere, how can it be calculated?

Somewhere I've read it is in the order of some tens of billions of years, but unfortunately I can't find any reference with it in Google. I suspect, the losses are coming mainly from analyzing the ...
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doubt about the 'white spaces' in the maps from satellite

I have a doubt about the 'white spaces' in the maps from satellite. For example, for the atlantic areas I have plotted AOD and appear many areas where sistematically do not have any data (white spaces)...
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Why (actually) is the night sky so bright in the city? How far up is that happening?

The recent news reported by the New York Times, the BBC and the NPR web sites (for example) as well as in the Iceland Review and Iceland Magazine sites, about the shutting-off of Reykjavik's ...
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Would a global cooling event disable solar energy usage?

Imagine that we've improved the level quality, affordability, and ease of use of photo-voltaic solar, and it's use is widely distributed in the USA. We've improved the grid for power distribution, we ...
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How does one interpret negative geopotential height values?

I am using NCEP Reanalysis Geopotential height data and this is at 1000 mb and downloading it from here - 1000 Mb Geopotential height values and some of these values are negative for a particular date ...
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Dig in the rationality of model evaluation of WRF with land-based station data

I use WRF (Weather research and forecasting) model for in regional scale meteorology simulation. And then, the WRF output files will be deemed as criterial input data applying for chemical transport ...
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What do cumulonimbus clouds signify?

When I saw huge cumulonimbus clouds in the sky I thought the weather would be just fine, but in the evening it started raining. So I just wanted to know what do these clouds really signify.
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How to locally identify a cold front passage?

I know that the passage of a cold front affects local conditions by decreasing the temperature and shifting the winds. Some precipitation could happen as well. How do software that analyze weather ...
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How can parameters of the ionosphere be calculated?

How can parameters of the ionosphere be calculated? Specifically, how do we calculate total ion density, total ion temperature and individual major ion densities from I-V Characteristics curve of ...
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What timescales do eddies operate at in the planetary boundary layer?

What are the largest eddies within the planetary boundary layer? What timescales do the operate on? Edit: I'm talking about atmospheric eddies over land. So, eddies that are measured in [eddy ...
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What affects the surface characteristics of cumulus clouds?

I love looking at clouds. I love trying to describe them and compare what I see day to day. I have dozens of questions about the things I’ve observed and I would really like to understand the physics ...
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Interpolating Merra reanalysis

Merra re-analysis ara available for a coarser horizontal grid with resolution of 0.625 × 0.5 degrees providing differents parameters : Precipitation, Temperature ....This been said, I want to ...
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Can atmospheric conditions cause carbonated beverages to fizz more?

For some reason today, carbonated beverages have been fizzing up more than usual. It's happening with beer and club soda. Very strange, no gremlins either - the beer was from the back of the fridge, ...
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What is the science behind CFCs depleting the ozone layer? [closed]

Specifically, if the daily production of ozone and cfc were at most 400 million and 3k tons, respectively, would each mol of cfc be able to destroy tens of thousands of mols of ozone? All the sources ...
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What's the prospect of air quality forecasting based on machine learning?

Air quality forecasting models which are useful for atmospheric scientist and government can be built based on numerical theory or statistic theory. The first approach outline the basic physics ...
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How do current pollution levels in Los Angeles compare to the 1970s?

As I understand it there are two key kinds of air pollution: ozone and fine particles. Are there any long-term data series that chart average ozone levels and/or fine particulates over time going ...
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Is there a 'standard size' for volcanic eruptions in terms of gas output?

We saw recently the Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajökull produced significant gaseous output that impacted the flight paths of several planes. When we look at volcanic gas components, we see they ...
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Amount of Earths water with consideration to space travel?

Everyone always says that there has always been, and always will be, the same amount of water on planet Earth. What about space travel? They obviously need water in space, so they must take it up ...
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Explanation for single rainbow that contained colors several times

I saw a rainbow outside Silverton, CO last week that for a few minutes seemed to show part of the color cycle (red to purple) several times within the same band. This picture is how it looked to my ...
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Why are lenticular clouds circular?

I recently visited Japan, where I observed a lenticular cloud above Mount Fuji: Curious by the cloud, I looked it up and found it it's a lenticular cloud, that forms because of rising moist air ...
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Why cannot people burn all the atmospheric oxygen? [closed]

We are told that photosynthesis, developed a couple of billion years ago has produced all the atmospheric oxygen. I wonder, why did the process stop? Why do modern plants prefer to recover the entropy ...
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How much and what kind of radiation passes through a cloud?

I've read that 80% of sunlight is passing through clouds. Now there a small clouds and big clouds so it should be some average. Is this true or is the amount of sunlight passing throug a cloud really ...
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How to transform the inventory data from degrees to kilometers

First all, my question was different from the question Converting grid resolution from degrees to kilometers. In chemical transport modeling, the pollutant source inventory was an essential input ...
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There is soil in Archean? [closed]

Following a mobilista approach over geological time, and considering the Earth's internal heat as responsible for tectonic regime, which was involved in the "Permobile type" during the early times of ...
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Is wind just mainly nitrogen particles moving in one direction?

The air is composed of mainly nitrogen. Therefore, when you feel wind, is it mainly nitrogen particles hitting you that, on average, are moving in one direction?
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Is it possible that water (H2O) was made on earth?

Most theories suggest that water was already on earth at the beginning but due to temperature most of it evaporated. Others theories suggested that water was brought to earth with komets or asteroids. ...
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How does the tornado chaser locate the spot?

In my opinion, tornado is hard to forecast in three different aspects: The size of tornado is about 100 ~ 1000 m which can't be represented well in weather model or detected by limited weather ...
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Buoyancy frequency

The buoyancy frequency, $N$ is defined as $N^2=\frac{gd\theta}{\theta dz}$, where $\theta$ is the potential temperature (I see it as a measure of the deviation from the adiabatic nature), $z$ is the ...
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What are the composition and pressure of the exosphere?

I've read that the pressure and temperature are different - how different are they, and does that affect the atmosphere's composition?
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How to remove 'silk braid' noise in satellite data?

Satellite remote sensing data is a powerful tool for researching the spatial distribution and temporal variation of atmospheric species. Aura is one satellite owing to NASA which meaning ...
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How to distinguish between Altocumulus, Stratocumulus and Cumulus clouds?

There are four different categories of clouds. High clouds, medium altitude clouds, lower clouds, and vertical tall clouds. They are broken down into ten genuses of clouds: Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, ...
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Take all the CO2 in the atmosphere and put it into a layer on the surface of earth, how thick would the layer be?

I teach a Middle School (year 8) Geometry course and have a student attempting to answer this question. My assumptions: earth's radius is $3959 \text{ mi}$ earth is a sphere There is approximately $3 ...
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Sky color of a proterozoic earth with a Canfield ocean

What would the sky color be with a Proterozoic earth during the "Boring Billion" (1.8 By-0.8 By) with a Canfield (Euxinic) ocean and a high atmospheric concentration of colorless hydrogen sulfide and ...
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Why are deserts hotter than other places on Earth

We all know that deserts are the hottest places on Earth, but what makes them different from other parts of the world?
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How rare are double rainbows?

We have all seen rainbows in our lives. But the other day, I saw a double rainbow! How rare are double rainbows and what causes them to appear?
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How long does it take air to circle the world?

I live in New York and I am investing in a carbon offset program in Korea to decommission a coal electricity generation plant. Will I ever breathe the cleaner air as a result of that project? And how ...
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Why is WRF most often configured at 3:1 nesting ratio?

In WRF application, nested domain has always been used for weather/air quality modeling for the place of interest in a better resolution. The figure below illustrates this: I have noticed that the ...
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Rayleigh scattering from the moon light

If the moon reflects exactly the sun spectrum, then the blue photons part of the spectrum should scatter in the atmosphere during the night (assuming a perfect dark night sky). Why don't we see a ...