Monday, January 10, 2005

The Tsunami, Global Warming, and The Weather

It is a sad commentary that the global warming crowd hasn't been picking up on the effects of the tsunami.

Don't they realize the huge amount of energy released was coupled to the world's oceans? That all that energy had to be dissipated as heat, some on the ocean bottom, some in the water itself, some directly into the air, but the largest fraction upon the shores of islands and continents, as the mechanical energy of the wave was converted to heat?

That this must result in increased evaporation of water into the air, yet the increased moisture would tend to remain in the atmosphere, carried by prevailing winds, until contacting appropriate nucleating particles?

That this would not happen until the moisture intersects airborne dust and pollutants?

Hello, California? Hello, L.A.? Hello, Berkeley?

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