Thursday, Mar 6, 2014
Thurssday Afternoon weather Summary:
Cold Rain Continues ... Sunny & Pleasant Weekend
Cold and wet weather continues to flow over the region today. Temperatures in the lower 40s at daybreak dropped to the upper 30s by mid afternoon as the cold rain continued to fall. So far, about a half inch of rain has fallen over a widespread portion of the region.
The bulk of the heavier rain has now passed by with lighter rain and drizzle for the rest of the night and tomorrow morning. The rain will be ending by late morning with clearing conditions to develop by late afternoon to sunset tomorrow. This will be followed by wonderful spring-like weather for the weekend with highs around 70 with plenty of sunshine.
Don't forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour before you go to bed Saturday night as we go from Eastern Stand Time to Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Yes, you will lose an hour of sleep but the sunset time Sunday will be around 7:30 pm.
Information about Changing Climate:
Latest Carbon Dioxide Levels:
Through November, 2013 ... Atmosphere Carbon Dioxide levels continues to increase, as expected and as it will. A sustainable atmospheric heat budget would need CO2 levels of 350 parts per million or lower. The current yearly mean value is now 397 ppm and increasing at a rate now of 2.3 ppm per year. What this means is that the earth retains more heat received from the sun due to the increase in CO2 ... in other words, the planet continues to warm.
Even if we stopped all CO2 emissions, the value will continue to rise due to "positive feedback forcing". The reason is that most of the atmospheric CO2 will remain in the atmosphere for more than 100 years and as the warming continues, more CO2 that is currently dissolved in the oceans will leach back out into the atmosphere.