Consider the Great American Eclipse (The total solar eclipse over America in 2017). Observed atmospheric temperature drops were in the range of 3 C to 8 C in a matter of minutes. Surface temperatures dropped about the same amount as did the atmosphere, best I can tell. I'm lacking data on that though.
Other total solar eclipse observations universally (to my knowledge) document temperature drops.
In any event, such temperature drops represent a massive amount of energy presumably lost to space in a very short amount of time.
How does this energy in the atmosphere radiate to space?
- The Energy must be radiated to space
- Greenhouse gases can absorb kinetic energy from O2 and N2
- Only greenhouse gases can radiate at atmospheric temperatures
- Without solar input, the atmosphere cools because greenhouse gases radiate more energy than the earth can supply
Is that correct?