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History of Arctic Total Water Vapor
« on: January 20, 2017, 05:07:34 PM »
I'm just getting started on this, and have not understood what I've read so far, however -- I think we all must agree that in order to understand what is happening now we need to understand how much water vapor there was in the Arctic in the past...

I will start by offering the best I could find in a half hour search:


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Re: History of Arctic Total Water Vapor
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2017, 09:16:09 AM »
Here's another paper that might tell you more, Jim: The Arctic is becoming warmer and wetter as revealed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder

BTW, I'm moving this to Arctic Background.
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Re: History of Arctic Total Water Vapor
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2017, 05:07:39 PM »
Jim, thx this is really critical to develop this resource as storms both small and large are contributing (as well as ordinary weather). It is shocking to see the usual 2 mm shoot up to 12, that's no desert.

Did you try Tropical Tidbits? Someone posted a very nice TPW image from them the other day on 2016/17 freezing season. Climate Reanalysis might also have a time series. Also, we could use TCW total cloud water which is complementary to water vapor. Nullschool is so-so, bad palette and not conducive to say weekly or monthly averaging.

If you are on twitter, maybe ask Zach at @ZLabe if he is interested in providing it. We will be needing current daily, last month animation, and inter-year comparisons especially for fall and winter. (Summer presents different radiation balance issues.)

Somehow this needs to get chopped down to the Arctic Ocean proper. A lot of these sources will be all over the map. The issues over land are another whole forum, snow melt or so.