The Winter Gatekeeper hypothesis (VII). A summary and some questions

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “On the other hand, I think I can safely say that nobody understands climate change.” J. Vinós, paraphrasing Richard Feynman’s words about quantum mechanics. 7.1 Introduction This unplanned plain-language summary has been written at the request of some readers of our series of articles on the Winter Gatekeeper hypothesis:

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (VI). Meridional transport is the main climate change driver

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “No philosopher has been able with his own strength to lift this veil stretched by nature over all the first principles of things. Men argue, nature acts.” Voltaire (1764) 6.1 Introduction Climate is a thermodynamic process determined by the energy flux from its entry point, mostly at the topContinue reading “The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (VI). Meridional transport is the main climate change driver”

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (V). A role for the sun in climate change

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “Once you start doubting, just like you’re supposed to doubt. You ask me if the science is true and we say ‘No, no, we don’t know what’s true, we’re trying to find out, everything is possibly wrong’ … When you doubt and ask it gets a little harder toContinue reading The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (V). A role for the sun in climate change

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (IV). The unexplained/ignored climate shift of 1997

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “These shifts are associated with significant changes in global temperature trend and in ENSO variability. The latest such event is known as the great climate shift of the 1970s.” Anastasios A. Tsonis, Kyle Swanson & Sergey Kravtsov (2007) 4.1 Introduction While the study of weather variability has a longContinue reading The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (IV). The unexplained/ignored climate shift of 1997

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (III). Meridional transport, the most fundamental climate variable

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “The atmospheric heat transport on Earth from the Equator to the poles is largely carried out by the mid-latitude storms. However, there is no satisfactory theory to describe this fundamental feature of the Earth’s climate.” Leon Barry, George C. Craig & John Thuburn (2002) 3.1 Introduction Nearly all theContinue reading The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (III). Meridional transport, the most fundamental climate variable

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