Monday Afternoon, December 9, 2013
More Dense Fog Monday Night
After a morning of dense fog, the sun broke through in many locations allowing temperatures to warm into the 70s. However, the fog continues on the beaches and barrier islands as of late afternoon. This fog will roll inland during the evening with additional dense fog to form over the inland areas overnight. A cold front will advance into the region during the day tomorrow keeping the sky cloudy along with a 60% chance for light rain. As the front clears the coast by sunset, the sky will clear during the night and temperatures will drop the low to mid 40s with a mix of sun and clouds on Wednesday and highs around 60. For all the gardeners in the coastal counties, there could be some frost Thursday night then more mild weather will follow for most of next week.
Information about Changing Climate:
Latest Carbon Dioxide Levels:
Through October, 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 3.2 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.