Sunday, March 24, 2013

Colorado spring snowstorm causes travel headaches - The Denver Post
Roads are expected to remain treacherous as overnight lows in the single digits will increase the risk of slick roads and black ice.

In metro Denver, between 8 and 10 inches of snow fell between the storm's sudden arrival Friday afternoon and late Saturday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bernie Meier in Boulder.
Fierce snow storms cause disruption -
Around 1,000 homes are without water and many more lacked power after fierce snow storms disrupted services in Northern Ireland.
Some spring: Snowstorm slams Plains, Midwest
Ten to 15 inches of snow had fallen by Saturday afternoon north of Interstate 70 in northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado, with another 1 to 2 inches expected in the area, said Ryan Husted, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan., where 15 inches of snow had fallen.
Quark Soup by David Appell: Missing Energy Claimed to be Found
A paper just out in GRL by Balmaseda, Trenberth and Källén claims to have affirmed the location of the "missing energy" in the climate system -- it's (as suspected) in the deep ocean (the 300-2000 m layer, and especially below 700 m).
Finally, here is their summary of trends for the different layers over different times, which makes it clear why the surface temperature jumped up so much in the 1990s -- the ocean was actually losing energy (heat), mostly because of the big 1997-1998 El Nino -- and why it's been on "haitus" during the last decade -- the ocean took up a huge amount of heat, at a rate far higher even than in the 1980s, with most of it going below 700 meters.

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