Hughesair (Inflection Point)

Retired physician and air taxi operator, science writer and part time assistant professor, these editorials cover a wide range of topics. Mostly non political, mostly true, I write more from experience than from research and more from science than convention. Subjects cover medicine, Alaska aviation, economics, technology and an occasional book review. The Floatplane book is out there. I am currently working on Hippocrates a Fanciful History of Medicine and Death of the Middleclass. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

0.3 degrees Centagrade

Can you imagine the energy released by warming the atmosphere only 0.3 degrees Centegrade? If that small increase in temperature effected only the top one centemeter of the ocean surface -- i ran a quick calculation based on "1 calorie is the energy from heating 1 ml of water 1 degree C." -- it looks like the equivelent of 11,000 Hiroshima size nuclear bombs, no wonder the vicious storms.

The oceans cover 510 x 10 to the 6 square kilometers.
The Hiroshima bomb was aproximately equivelent to 15 kt of TNT ( 1 kt TNT = 10 to the 12 calories.)
Please check my numbers; ther's a lot of zeros.

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