The original post by Tony Heller contains this line: “Despite the high temperatures near the ground, it was very cold at altitude. Just like on Venus, the temperature in Earth’s troposphere increases linearly with altitude.”
That is wrong, it decreases linearly with altitude, yes, it’s just a typo ..
By Tony Heller
On June 25th, 1981, I was working as a wilderness ranger near the top of 10,600 ft. Sandia Peak outside Albuquerque. There were thunderheads building, and we saw a couple of hang glider pilots preparing to take off.
A couple of the rangers I was with went over to talk to them and told them they were doing something really stupid.
The pilots didn’t listen and took off anyway. One of them got carried up to 40,000 feet and was found frozen solid about 10 miles away. He turned into a giant hailstone. The other escaped by doing a near free fall down the cliffs.
Police said Abbott was in a drift of ice when they found him
It was the second hottest day of the summer, and one of the hottest days on record in that region.
Despite the high temperatures near the ground, it was very cold at altitude. Just like on Venus, the temperature in Earth’s troposphere increases linearly with altitude.
At an altitude of 50 km in the Venusian atmosphere, the temperature and pressure are about the same as at Earth’s surface.
Tropospheric temperature correlates with pressure, not chemical composition. Had Steven Hawking understood some of the most basic principles of science, he would have known this.
Read more at Real Climate Science
PSI Editor’s note: Tony Heller’s analysis echoes the groundbreaking book, ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.’ Scientific summaries explaining why atmospheric pressure invalidates the greenhouse gas theory can be found in the following links:
http://www.ilovemycarbondioxide.com/pdf/Understanding_the_Atmosphere_Effect.pdf (2011, pg 20): “the gravitational compression of the gas of the atmosphere does qualitatively create a distribution of temperature.”
https://principia-scientific.org/publications/The_Model_Atmosphere.pdf (2011, pg 15): “An example of a quantitative logical test of the standard GHE postulate comes with analysis of the expected temperature distribution of a compressible gas in a gravitational field. The internal energy of a parcel of gas in a column of air is easily expressed as a sum of its thermal and gravitational potential energies..”
https://principia-scientific.org/publications/Absence_Measureable_Greenhouse_Effect.pdf (2012, pg 7 & 9): “Of course, the specific mechanism of the GHE is something else, which we will discuss ahead, but it should be clear that whatever the GHE mechanism is, it is not the temperature gradient Γ itself.”