Glimpsed Through The Clouds

Excellent post. Note the upper boundary of sea surface temperature around 30C.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

[See Update at the end.] [See Second Update at the end.]

In a recent post, I discussed the new CERES Edition 4.0 dataset. See that post for a discussion of the CERES satellite-based radiation data, along with links to the data itself. In that post I’d said:

I bring all of this up because there are some new datasets in CERES Edition 4. In the CERES TOA group, there are now measurements of cloud area, cloud pressure, cloud temperature, and cloud optical depth. These are quite interesting in themselves, but that’s another story for another day.

It turns out that “another day” is today, so here is an overview of the new cloud datasets.

Let me start with cloud area. This is expressed as the “cloud area fraction”, the percentage of the time that from the satellite’s point of view the surface is obscured by…

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