Solar radiation is the driving force for
weather systems that constantly form ,
dissipate, and reform as they circle the
globe. The same can be said for the
relationship of the hydrologic cycle to solar
radiation. A portion of the solar beam is
collected in green matter as an integral
element in photosynthesis, and, in a
different form, solar energy has been stored
in the coal , oil , and gas reserves of the
earth. In effect, solar radiation is the
essential element for all natural processes
taking place on the earth. Today, the direct
capture of solar radiation for heat and
energy is part of a technology developing to
replace or supplement the more standard
energy sources of coal, oil, and gas.
The objective of this study is to provide
solar radiation information that is both
broader and more detailed than provided in
the preceding publications dealing with solar
radiation in Minnesota (Baker, 1971; Baker
and Klink, 1975; and Baker, 1977).
Baker, Donald G.; Ruschy, David L.; Skaggs, Richard H..
Climate of Minnesota: Part XVI Incoming and Reflected Solar Radiation at St. Paul.
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
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