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Worlds oceans supposedly hottest in 130 years
NASA disagrees

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20 Aug 09 – “July was the hottest the world's oceans have been in almost 130 years of record-keeping,” says an article by Seth Borenstein published yesterday by the AP.

“The average water temperature worldwide was 17 C, according to the National Climatic Data Center, says Borenstein. (I think Seth could find global warming in a solid block of ice.) “June was only slightly cooler, while August could set another record, scientists say. The previous record was set in July, 1998, during a powerful El Nino weather pattern.”

          NASA disagrees. See my July 29 article entitled NOAA fudging the
          numbers.

“Meteorologists said there's a combination of forces at work,” says Borenstein. “A natural El Nino system just getting started on top of worsening man-made global warming, and a dash of random weather variations.”

          He admits that it’s “a natural El Nino," but he still wants to
          blame humans.  Then he talks of “worsening man-made global
          warming.”
What global warming? It has been cooling since 1998.

“It could also hasten the melting of Arctic sea ice,” Borenstein warns.

          Is Borenstein not aware that as of August 1st, Canada's
          Northwest Passage was still clogged with ice?


“Breaking heat records in water is more ominous as a sign of global warming than breaking temperature marks on land,” Borenstein continues, “because water takes longer to heat up and does not cool off as easily as land.”

“Add to that an unusual weather pattern this summer where the warmest temperatures seem to be just over oceans, while slightly cooler air is concentrated over land.”

          Did you catch that? “The warmest temperatures seem to be just
          over oceans.” I’m thinking that this article is intended to take our
          attention away from the fact that nine Midwestern states just endured,
          not "slightly cooler” temperatures, but a record-cold July.

          And not just one or two days out of the month, mind you, and not
          just one or two cities - nine entire states reported a record-cold July.
         (See Record Low Temperatures across the US - Aug 13).

“The problems caused by the El Nino pattern are likely to get worse, the scientists say.

"An El Nino occurs when part of the central Pacific warms up, which in turn changes weather patterns worldwide for many months.”

          I agree. But again, an El Nino is a natural phenomenon, not something
          caused by humans. (I think it’s caused by underwater volcanic activity.)

“An El Nino has other effects, too, including dampening Atlantic hurricane formation and increasing rainfall and mudslides in Southern California.”

          Now this one has me worried. Here we have record-cold temperatures
          in the Midwest, while another El Nino fires up in the Pacific Ocean. El
          Ninos lead to more evaporation, hence to more moisture rising into the
          skies, and thence to record-breaking rainstorms and flooding.

          What will happen this winter if all of that excess precipitation begins
          falling on those areas that have been experiencing record cold? I fear
          that we could see some of the worst snowstorms in written history.

          As I say in “Not by Fire but by Ice,” Warmer seas and colder skies:
         A deadly combination.

See entire article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/science/in-hot-water-warmer-oceans-could-sp ell-environmental-disaster/article1259015/

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/In-hot-water-World-sets-ocean-apf-1959202083.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=3&asset=&ccode

Thanks to Cam McNaughton and Brad Miles for these links

  

 

 

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