I am splitting this discussion from CoSy's venerable Global Temperature page to start a ion focused on the actual quantitative audit trail ( h/t Lavoisier who brought accounting to alchemy transmuting it into chemistry ) from the energy we receive almost totally from the Sun to our observed surface temperature . Physics is the mathematical abstraction of ,
as an old Hindu buddy would say : ? What is happening ? The discussion will be highly prejudiced for the presentation of equations , preferably executable algorithms in some freely available array capable language . This blog is a continuation of the educational effort started at http://climatewiki.org/wiki/Category:Essential_Physics ( archived ) , which works out the geometry of the portion of the celestial sphere subtended by the Sun and the StefanBoltzmann T = sb * E ^ % 4
temperature of a gray body . Just this gray body temperature in our
orbit , about 278.6 + 2.3 degrees Kelvin from peri to ap helion ,
explains all but 3% of our estimated mean surface temperature . Quantitatively reducing this 3% unexplained variance is the goal . The analysis begun in :Essential_Physics was continued with my Heartland presentation , The Basic Basics or How to Calculate the Equilibrium Temperature of a Radiantly Heated Uniformly colored ball , which boils down to
to CO2isNoEvil on WUWT :
I'm sorry I don't have more time for this discussion because there is a lot which would be I think generally useful to get clearly communicated . I resonate to such details as "each pixel is 8 bits for most of the satellite channels" . I assume that is for each of some number of spectrally filtered channels ? Your second paragraph reflects any of the problems Roy Spencer describes at http://www.drroyspencer.com/2015/04/version60oftheuahtemperaturedatasetreleasednewlttrend011cdecade/ . I would be quite interested in what your "tools" are built in . APLs can express algorithms over data often orders of magnitude more succinctly and therefore more understandably to the math capable mind than traditional languages . Since in APLs A + B or in 4th.CoSy A B + because it is still at the Forth close to the chip level RPN , A and B Need to understand / implement MODTRAN algorithms . Posts and comments will be r Willful fools and liars will quickly banned

