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mph
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°
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Solar
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2022-05-22 18:05 55.5 42.6 33.2 5.3 308 6.1 292 24.904 51.1 0.00
2022-05-22 18:00 55.6 42.4 33.1 5.7 292 6.4 287 24.905 63.7 0.00
2022-05-22 17:55 56.0 41.1 32.7 4.9 279 6.1 285 24.903 59.2 0.00
2022-05-22 17:50 57.0 39.4 32.6 2.6 294 4.6 294 24.901 59.5 0.00
2022-05-22 17:45 58.1 34.9 30.5 2.1 276 3.1 282 24.900 74.7 0.00
2022-05-22 17:40 58.6 35.3 31.3 0.3 242 1.1 263 24.898 136.6 0.00
2022-05-22 17:35 58.3 34.0 30.1 0.2 56 1.1 132 24.898 143.3 0.00
2022-05-22 17:30 58.8 34.6 31.0 1.2 92 3.6 59 24.897 156.8 0.00
2022-05-22 17:25 58.3 33.7 29.8 2.5 219 4.4 208 24.898 231.8 0.00
2022-05-22 17:20 58.0 36.5 31.5 4.1 216 5.8 207 24.899 168.3 0.00
2022-05-22 17:15 58.9 33.8 30.4 3.6 182 7.0 187 24.899 293.4 0.00
2022-05-22 17:10 59.3 34.4 31.3 3.5 216 5.9 109 24.901 294.5 0.00
2022-05-22 17:05 59.9 32.2 30.1 1.8 101 4.2 111 24.901 315.3 0.00
2022-05-22 17:00 58.9 34.2 30.7 1.7 228 3.4 225 24.901 356.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:55 57.6 36.3 31.1 2.4 241 5.7 142 24.900 275.1 0.00
2022-05-22 16:50 58.2 36.6 31.7 3.0 166 6.3 158 24.900 237.4 0.00
2022-05-22 16:45 58.3 34.7 30.5 4.0 148 7.1 156 24.901 322.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:40 58.5 33.0 29.4 4.4 163 7.1 151 24.898 357.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:35 58.5 36.1 31.7 5.2 166 10.6 160 24.901 412.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:30 59.1 33.7 30.6 5.9 207 9.4 194 24.903 469.8 0.00
2022-05-22 16:25 59.9 32.4 30.3 5.1 200 9.6 187 24.905 483.8 0.00
2022-05-22 16:20 59.3 35.1 31.7 2.5 7 4.3 332 24.905 499.8 0.00
2022-05-22 16:15 59.5 31.8 29.5 2.4 347 4.0 352 24.904 556.1 0.00
2022-05-22 16:10 58.5 33.5 29.9 2.5 4 6.6 141 24.905 510.5 0.00
2022-05-22 16:05 58.5 34.3 30.4 3.0 166 7.6 129 24.905 523.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:00 58.6 32.7 29.4 2.1 357 4.6 171 24.905 514.1 0.00
2022-05-22 15:55 58.1 32.8 29.0 4.6 170 8.9 181 24.905 521.4 0.00
2022-05-22 15:50 57.8 33.4 29.2 4.7 166 9.0 164 24.906 584.9 0.00
2022-05-22 15:45 57.4 32.8 28.4 5.2 181 10.4 159 24.909 575.7 0.00
2022-05-22 15:40 57.1 35.4 29.9 6.0 149 9.1 168 24.910 563.1 0.00
Date Time
MST
Temp
°C
RH
%
DewPt
°C
Wind
m/s
Dir
°
Gust
m/s
Dir
°
Press
hPa
Solar
W/m^2
Prec
mm
2022-05-22 18:05 13.1 42.6 0.7 2.4 308 2.7 292 843.33 51.1 0.00
2022-05-22 18:00 13.1 42.4 0.6 2.5 292 2.9 287 843.38 63.7 0.00
2022-05-22 17:55 13.3 41.1 0.4 2.2 279 2.7 285 843.32 59.2 0.00
2022-05-22 17:50 13.9 39.4 0.3 1.2 294 2.1 294 843.26 59.5 0.00
2022-05-22 17:45 14.5 34.9 -0.8 0.9 276 1.4 282 843.20 74.7 0.00
2022-05-22 17:40 14.8 35.3 -0.4 0.1 242 0.5 263 843.15 136.6 0.00
2022-05-22 17:35 14.6 34.0 -1.1 0.1 56 0.5 132 843.13 143.3 0.00
2022-05-22 17:30 14.9 34.6 -0.6 0.5 92 1.6 59 843.12 156.8 0.00
2022-05-22 17:25 14.6 33.7 -1.2 1.1 219 2.0 208 843.15 231.8 0.00
2022-05-22 17:20 14.5 36.5 -0.3 1.8 216 2.6 207 843.18 168.3 0.00
2022-05-22 17:15 14.9 33.8 -0.9 1.6 182 3.1 187 843.19 293.4 0.00
2022-05-22 17:10 15.2 34.4 -0.4 1.6 216 2.6 109 843.24 294.5 0.00
2022-05-22 17:05 15.5 32.2 -1.0 0.8 101 1.9 111 843.23 315.3 0.00
2022-05-22 17:00 14.9 34.2 -0.7 0.8 228 1.5 225 843.23 356.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:55 14.2 36.3 -0.5 1.1 241 2.5 142 843.22 275.1 0.00
2022-05-22 16:50 14.5 36.6 -0.1 1.3 166 2.8 158 843.23 237.4 0.00
2022-05-22 16:45 14.6 34.7 -0.8 1.8 148 3.2 156 843.24 322.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:40 14.7 33.0 -1.4 2.0 163 3.2 151 843.14 357.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:35 14.7 36.1 -0.2 2.3 166 4.7 160 843.25 412.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:30 15.1 33.7 -0.8 2.7 207 4.2 194 843.32 469.8 0.00
2022-05-22 16:25 15.5 32.4 -1.0 2.3 200 4.3 187 843.36 483.8 0.00
2022-05-22 16:20 15.2 35.1 -0.2 1.1 7 1.9 332 843.37 499.8 0.00
2022-05-22 16:15 15.3 31.8 -1.4 1.1 347 1.8 352 843.36 556.1 0.00
2022-05-22 16:10 14.7 33.5 -1.2 1.1 4 2.9 141 843.37 510.5 0.00
2022-05-22 16:05 14.7 34.3 -0.9 1.4 166 3.4 129 843.37 523.3 0.00
2022-05-22 16:00 14.8 32.7 -1.5 0.9 357 2.0 171 843.39 514.1 0.00
2022-05-22 15:55 14.5 32.8 -1.7 2.1 170 4.0 181 843.39 521.4 0.00
2022-05-22 15:50 14.3 33.4 -1.6 2.1 166 4.0 164 843.42 584.9 0.00
2022-05-22 15:45 14.1 32.8 -2.0 2.3 181 4.6 159 843.52 575.7 0.00
2022-05-22 15:40 13.9 35.4 -1.1 2.7 149 4.1 168 843.54 563.1 0.00
CIRA

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

Climate and Weather Processes


Global and regional climate sensitivity is defined primarily by feedbacks to the planets’ hydrological cycle that in turn alter the planet’s energy balance. These feedbacks involve processes that are ‘fast’ such as cloud and precipitation processes, evolving within the ‘weather envelope’, or slow such as changes related to land cover, carbon exchanges or ice sheet extent that evolve within the ‘climate envelope’. Research within CIRA and in conjunction with the ATS faculty has made important contributions to the observing, understanding and modeling of important processes key to improving numerical weather/climate prediction.

 

The severe decrease in Arctic sea ice in 2007 underscores the delicate connections between changing weather and climate trends (e.g. Kay et al., 2008). Shifts in weather processes, such as the drying of the atmosphere and the clearing of Arctic clouds (perhaps associated with decadal oscillations), accelerated the sea ice loss and amplified the slower climate forcing effects of sea ice. As another example, predictions of long-term trends in air quality must consider not only emissions projections but also the affect that climate change will have on regional to-global scale weather patterns (e.g., impacting transport, trapping inversions, etc.). In acknowledgement of the importance of the weather-climate connection, the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement and Climate Change Prediction Programs now run a climate model in NWP mode.

 

Research conducted under this theme employs a combination of numerical models and environmental data to understand processes that dictate changes on weather and climate timescales (minutes to months to years) and the two-way interactions between weather systems and regional and global climate. Research related to the hydrologic cycle, carbon exchanges and turbulent flux exchanges all have the ability to influence both weather and climate and thus form the basis of this research theme. Also included are those studies that look at weather systems from a process perspective and the development of data sets intended for climate trend analysis.