Global Warming for Dicrapio

Hey Leo, did you know that there’s this invisible ring around the planet, Earth? Let’s talk about this ring around the planet. It has a name. It is called Greenhouse Effect. See, this magical ring contains water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane. This ring acts like a Venus Fly Trap that traps heat instead of flies. See, the heat from the sun would bounce right off the earth (and we would turn into icicles), but the Greenhouse Effect traps the heat that radiates from the earth (so we are kept toasty!)

Now if the concentration of these gases in this ring were too low, we would get too cold, but if they were too high, we would get too warm. As you know, we are being told that they are too high, and we are getting too warm. This is mainly blamed on carbon dioxide (which we exhale with equal proportions of water vapor, but which we also produce by combustion of anything we burn.) It is logical then, right?

Well, from 1880 to 1978 the data collected are ground temperatures of the earth. Say, do you think they may have been forgetting something? What is the water percentage of our planet, Earth? That’s right, Leo! Around 70%! Now, data from NASA satellites measure 100% of the earth, not just 30%. From 1979 to present, we are getting NASA data that are more accurate. What does this data tell us?

Overall, from 1880 to 2000 (taking in both data,) we have seen an average temperature change of 1.6 degrees Celsius or 2.88 degrees Fahrenheit. Is that significant? When I say significant, I’m referring to temperatures which exceed 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Is this because of humans?

A Harvard study done of over 240 studies on “global temperatures in the past” found that the earth was SIGNIFICANTLY warmer in the 9th and 14th centuries. Interestingly, this was BEFORE the Industrial Revolution (must’ve been those pesky ancient aliens and their spaceships!)

What about the Larsen B ice shelf melting in the Antarctic Peninsula? Glad you brought that up, Leo. What about the west Antarctic ice sheet that has been thickening? Interestingly, the Antarctic, overall, has been cooling since the 60’s. We know this from observing the global data as opposed to the ground data.

Now, do me a favor, Leo, and quit your job as Obama’s water boy. I believe your true master has a very good handle on the checks and balances of this planet, Earth.

PS~ I enjoyed our tender moment. I’m glad to have been your favourite teacher.



7 thoughts on “Global Warming for Dicrapio

  1. “we have seen an average temperature change of 1.6 degrees Celsius or 34.8 degrees Fahrenheit.”
    Actually a rise of 1.6 degrees Celsius equals a rise of 2.88 degrees Fahrenheit.

      • OKAY………… school is in session.
        You are absolutely correct that on a thermometer 1.6 degrees Celsius is exactly the same temperature as 34.88 degrees Fahrenheit.
        Celsius — 0 degrees is when water freezes and 100 degrees is when water boils.
        100 degrees difference
        Fahrenheit— 32 degrees is when water freezes and 212 degrees is when water boils.
        180 degrees difference
        A change of 1 degree Celsius (up or down) equals a change of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
        A rise in the average temperature of 1.6 degrees Celsius equals a rise of 2.88 degrees Fahrenheit. A rise over 120 years (1880 to 2000) in the average temperature of 34.88 degrees Fahrenheit would be fairly substantial. The difference between summer and winter average temps here in Florida is probably about 35 degrees Fahrenheit. So a rise of 35 degrees Fahrenheit would mean the ACs would never get turned off in December, and the average high temp in July would be about 125 degrees. It would also mean in about another 120 years, or 106 years from now, all living animals and things would be non-existent.

        • I see what you are saying…..I think? If my conversion were then divided by the number of years, would it not be similar to your calculation, then? 120 divided by 35 is 3.4. Right? Ooomph!
          Okay. This is why Mr. Oltz and the Colonel wanted to strangle me in HS! I’m confused, Dusty!! Are you happy?! Numbers have a way of tripping me up… computers…………….and phones…………..
          Fuck-a-doodle-doo! What am I missing here, and why the hello am I missing it???! Help me to understand the elusive 1.8, please.

          • One more try……….
            speaking of water————
            In Celsius there are 100 degrees between freezing and boiling
            In Fahrenheit there are 180 degrees between freezing and boiling
            When water freezes a Celsius thermometer will say it is 0 degrees and a Fahrenheit thermometer will say it is 32 degrees. When water boils a Celsius thermometer will say it is 100 degrees and a Fahrenheit thermometer will say it is 212 degrees.
            The temp is exactly the same but the two thermometers call it differently. I guess it is like feet and meters. Your height is exactly the same measured in both feet and meters but in feet it will not be the same number as in meters. A foot is exactly 0.3048 meters and a yard (3 feet) is .9144 meters.

            The 1.8 is the number used to adjust a rise or fall in Celsius degrees to Fahrenheit. So a rise, like the one you mentioned, of 1.6 degrees Celsius can be changed to Fahrenheit by multiplying the change (1.6) by 1.8 or 1.6 deg. C X 1.8 =2.88 deg. F

            • Oh. In other words, while 1.6 Celsius is 34.8 Fahrenheit on a thermometer, the actual change in what we feel is 2.88 degrees Fahrenheit? I think?….I apologize for having such a hard time understanding this, Dusty. Now you have forced me to do that which I dread. Ugh! Now I must have Mr. Kells explain it to me…damn…

              Ah!!!!! He told me that I didn’t consider the conversion factor (thus, the 2.88!) In other words, to convert the 1.6 Celsius, I should not have looked at the 1.6 Celsius conversion of temperature, but rather the 1.6 factor! I’m fixing this post. Okay, that was a long lecture, but I get it. F= (1.8 * c) +32

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