Re: [asa] World sets ocean temperature record

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Fri Aug 21 2009 - 11:45:11 EDT

On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 8:00 AM, John Burgeson (ASA member) <> wrote:

> Murray -- thanks for the link. It will not register, however, on those
> who see AGW as a political issue.
> jb
> On 8/20/09, Murray Hogg <> wrote:
> > For those who like to keep track of the global warming news;
> >
> >
> >

What the news story doesn't mention is that this is the second straight
record month for global ocean temps.

The global ocean surface temperature for July 2009 was the warmest on
record, 0.59°C (1.06°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.5°F).
This broke the previous July record set in 1998 when we had the El Niño of
the century. The July ocean surface temperature departure from the long-term
average equals June 2009 value, which was also a record.

El Niño persisted across the equatorial Pacific Ocean during July 2009.
Related sea-surface temperature (SST) anomalies increased for the sixth
consecutive month in this ENSO domain, where July SSTs were more than 0.5°C
(0.9°F) above average. If El Niño conditions continue to mature, as now
projected by NOAA, global temperatures are likely to exceed previous record

Also, there is the issue of acidification of the ocean:

You're right about it not registering. Note what Glenn noted to me June of
last year:

Look at the last few years. Same with Jan-april
> Look at the ocean cooling from its previous highs—yet we have more CO2
> now.
The denialists scream about the weather stations near cities but you cannot
say that in the middle of the ocean. Their tendency of picking two arbitrary
data points and calling it a "trend" is biting them in the behind. We also
appear to have hit solar minimum December 2008. So, that's going to heat
things up too in the medium term but fortunately not as much as the
historical average. The prediction for cycle 24 is that we will have a peak
sunspot rate around 90 with a peak May 2013. Average peak sunspot rate is

Rich Blinne
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