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Pictures of NCAR

2012-02-08T10:24:03+00:00

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  • This is the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. They’re one of the premier scientific centers for weather modeling. They’re also global warming alarmists (GWAs), even though they freely admit that their models are so complex that even with their incredible computing power, they still can’t accurately predict what’s going to happen long-term with the planet’s weather. Still, they seem to be nice people.
  • The one piece of weather data I saw there which made sense was the Keeling Curve, which measures carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere. Currently carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are roughly 390 parts per million, an increase of 35 percent in the past 200 years. Global warming alarmists point to this as one of the justifications for stupid ideas like cap and trade. Yet the carbon concentration was roughly 320 ppm around 1100 A.D., without any industrialization, and was as high as 7800 ppm in the Cambrian Period, 500 million years ago. It helps to have a sense of perspective with “global warming.” The markets do – that’s why the Chicago Climate Exchange, where carbon credits were supposed to be traded for money, died in 2010, and the European Climate Exchange is dying now. GWAs worldwide are infuriated, but it’s difficult to create an impending apocalypse, or to assign value to inherently worthless things, merely by insisting that it’s so.
  • NCAR has an enormous amount of computing power. They’re always changing out their computers and upgrading them. They are liquid-cooled with special high-capacity air-conditioning systems blowing upward through each rack from floor vents. If the AC fails, the computers could melt within minutes. The power consumption is astronomical.
  • One of the most interesting things there, among all the models and exhibits of weather sensing equipment and satellites, was a chaotic pendulum, also called a double pendulum. It has multiple arms, each with a hinge in the middle. When  you spin it, the arms rotate around a central core, but the ends of the arms rotate around their hinges at their own unpredictable rate. Sometimes they achieve equilibrium and stay motionless while the others keep spinning. It’s very difficult to predict how the pendulum will move. NCAR uses it as a small, simple example of how planetary weather behaves.

NCAR is free to visit. I wish we could have spent more than a couple hours there.

One Comment
  1. 2012-02-09T00:32:55+00:00 00:32

    I also want to visit but did not time. Hope blogger can share more pictures. Thank you

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