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Shrinking Sky! Cloud Tops Dropping Closer to Earth, NASA Satellite Finds

 
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The sky is falling… sort of. Over the last 10 years, the height of clouds has been shrinking, according to new research.

The time frame is short, but if future observations show that clouds are truly getting lower, it could have an important effect on global climate change. Clouds that are lower in the atmosphere would allow Earth to cool more efficiently, potentially offsetting some of the warming caused by greenhouse gases.

"We don't know exactly what causes the cloud heights to lower," study researcher Roger Davies of the University of Auckland in New Zealand said in a statement. "But it must be due to a change in the circulation patterns that give rise to cloud formation at high altitude."

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Clouds are a wildcard in understanding Earth's climate. Ephemeral as they are, they're difficult to track over time, and factors such as height and location make a big difference in whether clouds will slow the effects of global warming or exacerbate them. And no one fully understands how clouds will respond to a warming climate. [Album: Reading the Clouds]

For a decade, however, the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer on NASA's Terra spacecraft has been watching Earth's clouds. Now, Davies and his colleagues have analyzed the device's first 10 years of cloud-top height measurements from March 2000 to February 2010. They found that global average cloud height decreased by around 1 percent over the decade, a distance of 100 to 130 feet (30 to 40 meters). Most of the reduction stemmed from fewer clouds forming at very high altitudes.

The researchers reported their results in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The Terra satellite is set to continue collecting data through the rest of this decade, which will help determine whether or not the cloud lowering is a consistent trend.

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I had heard about this. Fascinating if the Earth is using her homeostasis mechanisms to regulate clouds.

I am no fan of the idea of global warming, since it is not a global event. Regional warming, okay.

Thanks for posting this. 5 clouds for you.
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Global Warming = Climate Change = Ice Age
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Nice find OP! Thanks!!!

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Nice find OP! Thanks!!!

Note: You should edit your OP to only post 50% or less of the article on the link. Nobody wants the copyright police to shut down GLP.
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thank you! I did not know ...


So we're pretty close to the earth's rotation pole!


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Are we losing our atmosphere? :O Maybe we'll end up like Mars.
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Are we losing our atmosphere? :O Maybe we'll end up like Mars.
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mars actually shows geography/climate of a early earth
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Shrinking Sky! Cloud Tops Dropping Closer to Earth, NASA Satellite Finds


The sky is falling… sort of. Over the last 10 years, the height of clouds has been shrinking, according to new research.

The time frame is short, but if future observations show that clouds are truly getting lower, it could have an important effect on global climate change. Clouds that are lower in the atmosphere would allow Earth to cool more efficiently, potentially offsetting some of the warming caused by greenhouse gases.

"We don't know exactly what causes the cloud heights to lower," study researcher Roger Davies of the University of Auckland in New Zealand said in a statement. "But it must be due to a change in the circulation patterns that give rise to cloud formation at high altitude."

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Clouds are a wildcard in understanding Earth's climate. Ephemeral as they are, they're difficult to track over time, and factors such as height and location make a big difference in whether clouds will slow the effects of global warming or exacerbate them. And no one fully understands how clouds will respond to a warming climate. [Album: Reading the Clouds]

For a decade, however, the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer on NASA's Terra spacecraft has been watching Earth's clouds. Now, Davies and his colleagues have analyzed the device's first 10 years of cloud-top height measurements from March 2000 to February 2010. They found that global average cloud height decreased by around 1 percent over the decade, a distance of 100 to 130 feet (30 to 40 meters). Most of the reduction stemmed from fewer clouds forming at very high altitudes.

The researchers reported their results in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The Terra satellite is set to continue collecting data through the rest of this decade, which will help determine whether or not the cloud lowering is a consistent trend.

[link to www.livescience.com]



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Old news, but yea, the atmosphere is lower. I think that's why the tornado's are getting larger.
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Are we losing our atmosphere? :O Maybe we'll end up like Mars.
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mars actually shows geography/climate of a early earth
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Hm! I read that Mars once was very much like Earth but it lost its atmosphere.
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Hm, looked what I found, look at these strange clouds.

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I wonder if this has anything to do with the magnetic fluff our solar system is entering? Seems like a compression of the ionosphere/troposphere could be a correlation. interesting....
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Re: Shrinking Sky! Cloud Tops Dropping Closer to Earth, NASA Satellite Finds
STOP CUTTING DOWN TREE'S!!!

Tree's take carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. We are on a carbon based planet, duh!!

Want to end "global warming" and "climate change" then..STOP CUTTING DOWN TREE's.

Tree's are the lungs of our world! They scrub our atmosphere clean of the pollutants we produce!
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What's a crank radio? Sounds interesting.
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The only logical conclusion would be that the world wide attempts by governments to alter our climate are having an effect.
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Same thing happend 1.6 million years ago.

can I prove that.... No, can Nasa prove that .... No

So is it an anomaly or just our amazing planet doing what it does best, keeping us guessing.

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Skeptic Rebuttal One Liners

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Maybe this is related to the expanding Earth theory.
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"Clouds provide negative feedback" Evidence is building that net cloud feedback is likely positive and unlikely to be strongly negative. Although the cloud feedback is one of the largest remaining uncertainties in climate science, evidence is building that the net cloud feedback is likely positive, and unlikely to be strongly negative.



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Every year at this time I add a new item to my list of what to watch for in the night sky. Oddly enough, it’s clouds. I must be nuts, right? What astronomer needs more clouds? But these are different. Called noctilucent clouds (NLCs), these skittish objects are visible now and again low in the northern sky during morning and evening twilight. Late May through August is the best time to see them.

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They have to tie everything to nonexistent global warming don't they?

But remember, their are no chemtrails. Even though we see them every day and they are making all those low clouds, they don't exist.
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more natural clouds? not


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more natural clouds? not


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Crank radios. You can find them everywhere.
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Are we losing our atmosphere? :O Maybe we'll end up like Mars.
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mars actually shows geography/climate of a early earth
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except for the incredible splatter on the Hellas side
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Crank radios. You can find them everywhere.
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cranky enough already

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Sun dog

Sundogs are made commonly by refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, by ice crystals called diamond dust drifting in the air at low levels


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The sky is falling and we must tell the King said Chicken Licken

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The sky is falling and we must tell the King said Chicken Licken

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'Britain's Atlantis' found at bottom of North sea - a huge undersea world swallowed by the sea in 6500BC


Britain's Atlantis' - a hidden underwater world swallowed by the North Sea - has been discovered by divers working with science teams from the University of St Andrews.

Doggerland, a huge area of dry land that stretched from Scotland to Denmark was slowly submerged by water between 18,000 BC and 5,500 BC.

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Sunken city gives up its treasure: Ancient Egyptian metropolis lost for 1,200 years below Mediterranean sea set to go on display

The 'lost city of Atlantis has eluded explorers for centuries and is almost certainly the stuff of myth.


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