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Old 11-12-2008, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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do clouds make it warmer at night?

I think with the presence of cloud cover at night it helps to hold the heat from the day between the clouds and earth's crust, resulting in a relatively warmer night. Granted in the winter time it will be cold regardless but with no clouds its much colder. And visa versa with the summer time.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nope.......they cant, they are floating water, they have no insulation properties, fluxuation in tempratures will either cause them to rain,hail,snow,fog, in which case if you are outside and get wet you get cold real fast.....moisture+winter temps=disaster
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the water vapor in clouds act like a green house gas (i think it's more dense than co2). sun shining down during the day heats the ground. if it gets cloudy at night, the heat doesn't radiate into space...instead the clouds reflect some of the radiant heat back down
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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nope.......they cant, they are floating water, they have no insulation properties, fluxuation in tempratures will either cause them to rain,hail,snow,fog, in which case if you are outside and get wet you get cold real fast.....moisture+winter temps=disaster
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the water vapor in clouds act like a green house gas (i think it's more dense than co2). sun shining down during the day heats the ground. if it gets cloudy at night, the heat doesn't radiate into space...instead the clouds reflect some of the radiant heat back down
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Yes. The more humid the air the better it retains heat/cold. I assume this is why the day night temp changes in deserts are so extreme, dry air and no clouds the heat from the day is radiated back into the atmosphere as there is no layer to retain it.
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Yes. The more humid the air the better it retains heat/cold.
9th grade-MS Date...anything hot will attempt to heat and equalize tempratures with itself until it loses its energy, as an example if you put a hot cup of coffee in the fridge, it tries to heat up the fridge, but it loses all energy and cools, point being, i dont belive that clouds have anything to do with temps, aside from blocking sunlight
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the weatherman told me they do, and hes never wrong

but seriously i think they do
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9th grade-MS Date...anything hot will attempt to heat and equalize tempratures with itself until it loses its energy, as an example if you put a hot cup of coffee in the fridge, it tries to heat up the fridge, but it loses all energy and cools, point being, i dont belive that clouds have anything to do with temps, aside from blocking sunlight
Well you are taking what she said out of context. Clouds do trap heat. If it is hot all day and then in the afternoon some clouds roll in (no rain) they do trap the heat that is being radiated from the surface. Heat does not just pass through the clouds as if they were not there. Will a hot bowl of soup cool faster, with or without a a cloth laid over the top? I think the answer is obvious.

Something is better than nothing. The solar radiation that heats the surface of the earth is released as infrared radiation, when there is a dense layer of water vapor (clouds) that radiation is reflected back and it is retained between the surface and that layer, more than it escapes above the lower atmosphere.
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that is all.
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