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Seasonal climate transitions in New England

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Monday, 24 January 2011: 1:30 PM
Seasonal climate transitions in New England
611 (Washington State Convention Center)
Alan K. Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

There are important climate transitions, linked with the winter, spring, summer and fall seasons at northern latitudes, which help us understand the links between land-surface, biosphere, atmosphere, clouds and radiation. Several aspects of climate change can be grasped from an understanding of local seasonal climate: water vapor feedback in all seasons, snow-ice albedo feedback in winter and evaporation-precipitation feedback in summer. Future trends in the fall, winter and spring transitions will directly reflect the shrinking of the winter cold season as climate warms; but summer trends in New England are uncertain.