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By Roger Coppock

October 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) Everybody has heard of global warming. There is at least one article in the news every day. Scientists who study and write about global warming have reasons to say our Earth's near surface is on average warming.  All their instruments are in agreement. During most of the last couple of hundred years things have gotten hotter.

Around the Earth are ground stations, white wooden boxes called "Stevenson Screens" with a thermometer and other instruments inside. More than four out of five of the records 30 years or longer from these instruments show increasing temperatures.  According to NASA's gathering of history, the average temperature rise is about 1.2 degrees F per century since 1880.  (NASA Goddard Institute For Space Studies, GISTEMP, GLB.Ts+dSST.txt file, J-D AnnMean series)

Now let's look at what two local weather station records have to say. (Data from the United States Historical Climatology Network database for 2013 as supplied by the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Graphs by the author using the R Statistical Package.)

Chula Vista temperatures are rising at 3 degrees F every century. Lake Cuyamaca temperatures are jumping up nearly 5 degrees F per century.  This is 2.5 and 4 times the global average, respectively!

Now, . . . why?  

The major reason for this warming, both global and local, has been known since the late 19th Century.  Mankind's addition of Carbon Dioxide to the atmosphere from


the burning of coal, oil and natural gas makes our atmosphere increasingly opaque to infrared energy leaving the surface of Earth.  The Sun heats the surface of the Earth.  The Earth's surface spreads that energy as infrared radiation in all directions.  Some of that infrared energy leaves the Earth for outer space, cooling the planet.  The rest is trapped by greenhouse gases.  The trapped infrared energy heats the atmosphere.  

The great mathematician Fourier presented an outline of the idea in 1824.  However, the first quantitative theory was written by the Nobel Prize winning Chemist, Svante Arrhenius in 1896. (Arrhenius, Svante, 1896. On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground. Philosophical Magazine ser. 5, vol. 41, 237–276.  https://nsdl.org/sites/classic_articles/Article4.htm)  ("Carbonic Acid" is CO2 dissolved in water.)

This 1896 paper makes several predictions about the times and locations of the warming.  All of these predictions can now be seen in historical data from ground stations, and other weather instruments.  That is a 100% score!  Arrhenius was right about nearly everything.  Because he did not foresee the explosive rise in fossil fuel use, Arrhenius just underestimated the time the warming would take.  (The author gives public talks about global warming theory which cover the Arrhenius' theory in detail.)

One of the predictions made by the modern CO2 greenhouse theory is that dry places warm faster than places with high humidity. There are two reasons for this. First, water vapor is a greenhouse gas that competes with CO2 for infrared energy.  ( http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11652-climate-myths-co2-isnt-the-most-important-greenhouse-gas.html )  More water vapor decreases CO2's effect.  Places with less water vapor, like the desert found East of San Diego, unleash CO2's greenhouse gas effect.  Secondly, water vapor forms clouds.  Clouds block daytime sunlight, cooling the ground, preventing it radiating infrared at night. This reduces the greenhouse effect, too. So, don't let anyone tell you that global warming isn't part of the East County scene. Bone dry East County is "global warming central!"

Roger Coppock, a former computer scientist who was forced into retirement by both cancer and 'death' on an operating table, became a serious amateur climate scientist while helping his son with a science fair project about global warming.  Today, a decade later, he is preparing to 'decode' data from NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite.


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XLNT Article!

Thank you so much for writing this enlightening article, Mr. Coppock. I appreciate especially knowing the local information. So much of the climate change information is global in nature. We rarely read how this impacts local areas like Lake Cuyamaca and Chula Vista!

San Diego area weather data

Hi Mr. Coppock I know of a source of sixty or so years of daily weather records: hi-lo temps, rainfall, and evaporation rates. The readings were taken at the same time of day, every day.


URL, please?

Hot Spot

Nothing more effectively conceals truth than a passionate pursuit of evidence which supports a false conclusion. Good luck with that!


Man thinks he knows God's words. All 125,000 different religions profess this. Man thinks he can impact the global environment. Man has a BIG EGO! Checkout the Campo weather station data where there has been no increase of heat retaining construction for several decades around it. Maybe then your data will have some validity?

Campo weather station?

None of my databases list a "Campo" weather station in California, USA. There are many stations that do not report, usually because of their low quality data. Typically, they do not take the required two daily readings, daytime high and nighttime low, regularly.