Enhancement of surface cooling due to forest fire smoke

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Abstract

Smoke emitted from forest fires in northern California in September 1987 was trapped in a valley by an inversion for 3 weeks. Daily maximum temperatures on the valley floor were more than 15°C below normal for 1 week and more than 5°C below normal for 3 weeks. The smoke strengthened the inversion by preventing surface warming by solar radiation, thereby enhancing the smoke trapping and the surface cooling in a positive feedback loop. These results may have implications for nuclear winter. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)911-913
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume242
Issue number4880
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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Robock, A. / Enhancement of surface cooling due to forest fire smoke. In: Science. 1988 ; Vol. 242, No. 4880. pp. 911-913.
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In: Science, Vol. 242, No. 4880, 01.01.1988, p. 911-913.

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