Weather Tidbits: Greenhouse Effect
The greenhouse effect is discussed in this Weather Tidbits. The greenhouse effect is the warming of an atmosphere by its absorbing and emitting infrared radiation; while allowing shortwave radiation to pass on through. The greenhouse gases that absorb & reemit the radiation, consist of ozone, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, water vapor and methane. The Earth’s temperature with the greenhouse effect is about 60°F, but if those greenhouse gases were not present, the earth’s temperature would fall to 0°F. Our neighboring planets experience the extremes of the greenhouse effect. Venus has too much trapped in its atmosphere, creating hot temperatures; while Mars has too much exiting into space, causing cold temperatures.