State of The Climate

Yes, it’s hot outside. But, according to NOAA’s State of The Climate,we are likely to see more spells where the heat lasts longer than normal. According to the 2000-2009 State of the Climate Report, this past decade was the warmest on record with the global average temperature 1 degree warmer than the entire 20th century average.

300 scientists from over 48 countries submitted data that was taken not only across the world, but also vertically into the atmopshere to come up with the claim that the world was warmer than ever before. But, not everything has been increasing in number. 3 of biggest increases we have seen come from:

Global temperatures, a rise in sea levels and an increase on ocean heat content were all noted during the reviewing process. And, as you would come to expect, if these features are increasing, then there must be a decrease somewhere.

Size of glaciers, the amount of sea ice and the area of snow cover have all seen big hits. And, to top if all off, here in Oklahoma, our yearly temperature is literally right at normal now, even after the brutally cold winter.



7 Responses

  1. I find it hard to agree with NOAA these days as their data has many flaws. They are not displaying all the information and cherry pick a lot of their data. This site right here shows what’s REALLY going on north of the 80 northern parallel. Notice how the DMI shows the entire month of June below the 1958-2002 mean!? GISS shows it far above the the 1958-2002 mean, but wait the GISS has no data north of 80N! The warmest June on record my fanny! The spike in global temperatures earlier this year is CLEARLY due to El Nino. Ocean temperatures have a HUGE impact on the global temperature. Now with the PDO in the tank and La Nina coming on strong you all just wait. Global temperatures by the beginning of next year will potentially be their lowest since the mount Pinatubo cooling in the 1990’s. The PDO going into the cold phase for the next 30 years is sure to bring widespread cooling to the globe. About the sea ice I don’t know how you can say it’s decreasing. If you look at the REAL data sea ice is increasing and markedly greater than it was several years back(2005-2007). The global sea ice is actually right about the 30 year normal. This post is absolutely trash no offense.

    I don’t know how these people get away with this and why you even post stuff like this Damon!

    • Zach, thanks for the post, but it seems that the article only mentions north of 80N..what about what is south of 80N (i.e., the rest of the world?) Let’s compare apples to apples here. As for the spike in global temperatures, remember this is a running average vs. the normal, so if El Nino is nothing new, then we should already have included El Nino from the past vs. the present. (i.e.: it would show that El Nino’s are warmer than they used to be). As for sea ice, I don’t have much information on to have a link to share that supports your claim?

      • This image shows the satellite temperatures since Jan 1979. The long term mean has been leveling out and the 13th month running mean is dropping closer to average. Notice that the “record” june warming follows the spike in global temperatures associated with El Nino. Now as La Nina is coming on global temperatures are starting to come down some. Oceanic temperatures play a HUGE role in the global temperature. It’s very evident. Now with the PDO going into the cold phase which could last for the next 30 years will assure global cooling. Future El Nino’s will be less intense and La Nina’s enhanced. Once the AMO goes into the cool phase during the next 10-15 years global temperatures will fall even further. Perhaps further than the Pinatubo cooling. Just something to consider.

        As for the sea ice you bet I have a link to prove the point. Take a look at this picture and tell me sea ice is decreasing.

        This link below has a lot more data. It’s very interesting to look at.

        If you actually go look at the raw data yourself you’ll notice a totally different story than NOAA depicts. It’s almost disturbing but it’s not surprising to me since NOAA has a very obvious bias towards warm. This is because they are advocates of “global warming”.

  2. Hey Zach, thanks for posting the link. So, let me ask you this and see what your thoughts are. I see the graph that shows global temperatures for the last 30 years and it shows a spike in temperatures associated with El Nino. Since El Nino has been a naturally occurring feature that has existed for centuries now, would this mean that the El Nino then was stronger than the average El Nino? And, what would this graph look like before 1979? Before 1959? Etc? The graph you posted on Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice does show a overall downward trend on sea ice coverage. Try not to focus on any particular year or 5 years but rather look at the whole picture and the trend associated over decades. Im not disagreeing with you, just posting thought for the scientific community. Cheers!

    • I’m not focusing on any particular year. If you notice the sea ice extent is not as low as it was in 2007. It’s actually leveling out. If you see the temperature means temperatures have been very cold this summer up there. In fact I can’t find another analog that showed temperatures similar to this year up there. Sea ice melting was extremely low last month. I mean look at the current extent of sea ice up there now.

      I guarantee you by early next year you will see a totally different trend with temperatures.

      • Hey Zach, I am not sure where you are seeing the “cold summer” up there. Barrow Alaska just had a heat wave where temperatures were within a few degrees of the all time hottest temperature ever. Check out this link here, it’s a blog I did not to long ago about the heat.
        (I hope it takes you to the story, if not, it’s on the 4th page of weather blogs called “REMEMBER THE COLD WINTER?”)

  3. Damon… have you seen this?

    Temperatures OVERALL are much colder. Without looking at any specific location. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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