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Fraser
2004-Jan-28, 11:45 PM
SUMMARY: New data gathered by NASA's Topex/Poseidon and Jason satellites seems to indicate that the cooler and drier periods in Southern California are a direct result of a long-term ocean pattern called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. By measuring the ocean and atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, forecasters can predict the temperatures and rainfall estimates for up to a year in advance. The full cycle of this effect can last 50 years, and right now the trend is towards a drier climate for the next five years.

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damienpaul
2004-Jan-29, 09:12 AM
Sounds very similar to the El Nino/La Nina cycles measured from Tahiti to Darwin.

om@umr.edu
2004-Feb-01, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by fraser@Jan 28 2004, 11:45 PM
SUMMARY: New data gathered by NASA's Topex/Poseidon and Jason satellites seems to indicate that the cooler and drier periods in Southern California are a direct result of a long-term ocean pattern called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. By measuring the ocean and atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, forecasters can predict the temperatures and rainfall estimates for up to a year in advance. The full cycle of this effect can last 50 years, and right now the trend is towards a drier climate for the next five years.

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NASA's interest in climate is encouraging ! :D

The February 2004 issue of Fortune Magazine contains an abridged version of an unclassified Pentagon report B) completed late last year.

There the Pentagon acknowledges that climate change may become our number one national security issue ! :( It is on the web at:

http://www.fortune.com/fortune/technology/...582584,00.html* (http://www.fortune.com/fortune/technology/articles/0,15114,582584,00.html*)

Across the top of the document: “The climate could change radically, and fast. That would be the mother of all national security issues.”

There is little or no doubt the Sun is the primary driver of Earth&#39;s climate. <_<

Thus, national security may provide a new impetus to resolve the debate about the Sun&#39;s origin, composition, and source of energy. :rolleyes:

With kind regards,

Oliver Manuel :D
http://www.umr.edu/~om/
http://www.ballofiron.com/

PS - Our paper co-authored by Barry Ninham of ANU, "Superfluidity, Solar Eruptions and Climate" is on-line at

****** http://www.umr.edu/~om/abstracts2003/jfe-s...perfluidity.pdf (http://www.umr.edu/~om/abstracts2003/jfe-superfluidity.pdf)
****** http://www.umr.edu/~om/abstracts2003/jfe-s...uperfluidity.ps (http://www.umr.edu/~om/abstracts2003/jfe-superfluidity.ps)