Grantsville, Utah – January 7, 2012
Little climate data update:
From Roy Spencer‘s Blog: http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/, with my emphasis (green box) added to the image:
And… I don’t know about you, but when I look at the ‘Global Surface Temperature Anomalies’, as presented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, which uses a variety of other data sets as well, I see no recent warming there either, and even a hint of the onset of cooling (although the cooling is so small it is essentially statistically irrelevant at this point, in my (non-expert) amateur opinion)
While I’m on the topic, December 2012 reportedly even set a SNOW EXTENT RECORD:
Since the oceans store heat the best, their temperature gives a clue as to what may be in store. Well, looking at the Global Ocean Surface Temperature Anomaly, I see what boils down to the same: a plateau-ing hinting of the beginning of possible cooling:
Call me crazy all you want (some have), but I still question the so-called UN-IPCC “scientific consensus” that industrial CO2 emissions are the main driver of climate change. The more I read up on this (a hobby, purely to satisfy my curious mind), the less credible I find the alarmist conclusions the IPCC has pitched to the media over the past decade.
I’m of the opinion (subject to change when presented with evidence) that our planet’s dynamic sun and cosmic ray flux, remains more likely the main climate driver. And going by that, the possibility that we’re in for a significant ‘global cooling’ in the near future (likely to begin this decade), remains more likely than that ‘global warming’ will resume “any year now”. If the Sun-Earth Climate topic interests you, start at one of the epicenters of research: The Center for Sun-Climate Research at the (Danish) National Space Institute.
If you’re already familiar with the gist of the research, perhaps also check these out:
- Hill, F. et al. Large-scale Zonal Flows During the Solar Minimum—Where Is Cycle 25? Presentation 16.10. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, June 13-16, 2011.
- What’s Down with the Sun?Major Drop in Solar Activity Predicted. American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division press release, June 14, 2011.
- Livingston, W., M. Penn and L. Svalgard. A Decade of Diminishing Sunspot Vigor. Presentation 17.21. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, June 13-16, 2011.
- Altrock, R. C. Whither Goes Cycle 24? A View from the Fe XIV Corona. Presentation 18.04. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, June 13-16, 2011.
I don’t know, man.. seriously… no ‘net warming’ since 1997, while carbon dioxide (CO2) has increased by a whopping 8.5 %… I don’t how that doesn’t register as at least “a little odd” if you stick to the theory that CO2 is the main climate change driver… I mean… Come on.
Atmospheric CO2 content:
(Note: This has zero bearing on my opinion that we MUST quit polluting the planet with oil and gas exploration and consumption.)