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A Dispatch from Roy Spencer

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RUSH: I got a note here from our official climatologist Roy Spencer, University of Alabama at Huntsville. He is a genuine scientist and has been doing some research and he released the research today in Geophysical Research Letters. He has had no inquiries on this from anybody in the Drive-By Media. The research is actually very interesting.

"The widely accepted (albeit unproven) theory that manmade global warming will accelerate itself by creating more heat-trapping clouds is challenged this month in new research from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Instead of creating more clouds, individual tropical warming cycles that served as proxies for global warming saw a decrease in the coverage of heat-trapping cirrus clouds, says Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist in UAHuntsville's Earth System Science Center. That was not what he expected to find. 'All leading climate models forecast that as the atmosphere warms there should be an increase in high altitude cirrus clouds...'" for those of you in Rio Linda, those are the clouds that look like feathers up there. So, "'as the atmosphere warms there should be an increase in high altitude cirrus clouds, which would amplify any warming caused by manmade greenhouse gases,' he said. 'That amplification is a positive feedback. What we found in month-to-month fluctuations of the tropical climate system was a strongly negative feedback. As the tropical atmosphere warms, cirrus clouds decrease. That allows more infrared heat to escape from the atmosphere to outer space,'" which, in my layman's observation, would mean that the Earth has its own built-in cooling system. How amazing would that be, that the Earth has its own built-in cooling system.

"'To give an idea of how strong this enhanced cooling mechanism is, if it was operating on global warming, it would reduce estimates of future warming by over 75 percent,' Spencer said. 'Until we understand how precipitation systems change with warming, I don't believe we can know how much of our current warming is manmade. Without that knowledge, we can't predict future climate change with any degree of certainty.' Spencer and his colleagues expect these new findings to be controversial." No, Dr. Spencer, expect them to be ignored. "I know some climate modelers will say that these results are interesting but that they probably don't apply to long-term global warming. But this represents a fundamental natural cooling process in the atmosphere. Let's see if climate models can get this part right before we rely on their long term projections." So this is ground breaking research. He didn't expect to find this, and no inquiries from the Drive-By Media. And there probably won't be.

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