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Cloud and Radiation Changes with Tropical Intraseasonal Oscillations

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The composite of fifteen strong tropical intraseasonal oscillations revealed that an enhanced radiative cooling of the ocean-atmosphere system occurs during the tropospheric warm phase of the oscillation. The increase in longwave cooling is traced to decreasing coverage by high altitude ice clouds, supporting Lindzen's 'infrared iris' hypothesis of climate stabilization.



The Thunderstorm Thermostat Hypothesis

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The Thunderstorm Thermostat Hypothesis is that tropical clouds and thunderstorms actively regulate the temperature of the earth. This keeps the earth at an equilibrium temperature regardless of changes in the forcings.




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