Climate and Weather Development. Spot the differences between the pictures. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)
Data gathering and observation are basic skills required to identify and understand patterns in any environment, from economic markets, medical treatments and of course climate and weather development.
There are many ways to gather data. However, sometimes, what is not so easy is to find the perspective which allows you to “observe” from different angles. When we are talking about applying patterns of thought over sets of data to identify associations, statistics give us clues about possible links and associations between variables. But, other times, direct observation based on analysing a sequence of images or even creating 3D images, give us the chance to use the full potential of our brains, as a laboratory with a powerful computer integrated, that can treat many more variables than any technology available. In order to recreate a natural phenomena, it is a very demanding task and technologically challenging to artificially link all variables implementing their synergistic interactions.
Many times in my career I have found myself looking at data and images feeling somehow like playing a game trying to spot the differences and similarities, and the link between those over time.
Here I want to share one simple example that illustrates such situation. In previous posts I have proposed and developed a theory pointing out the possibility and implications of having a decrease in the differential gradient of energy driving atmospheric circulation due to increases of CO2 and water vapour. “Increasing amounts of atmospheric CO2 and Water vapour would incorporate forms of energy, not only into cyclonic events, increasing their strength, but also it would increment the energy in the atmosphere around them. A scenario in which the difference between the energy carried by an atmospheric event and the atmosphere surrounding it is high, the energy in a cyclonic event would dissipate faster in contact with a low energetic environment, losing strength and resilience.” However, we can see in the North Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, strong and deep cyclonic and anticyclonic events building what it has being called “blocking patterns”, growing from near surface level (1000 hPa) to levels as high as the Jet Stream (250 hPa).” (from New theory proposal to assess possible changes in Atmospheric Circulation (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) October 21, 2014)
This is an assessment based on observation which needs to be validated throughout open discussion and data gathering. However, since I believe that observation is a powerful tool here I leave you a sequence of images representing similarities and differences in atmospheric circulation in altitude between days so you can play to spot similarities and differences.