The world’s oceans have suddenly spiked much hotter and well above record levels in the last few weeks, with scientists trying to figure out what it means and whether it forecasts a surge in atmospheric warming.
Some researchers think the jump in sea surface temperatures stems from a brewing and possibly strong natural El Nino warming weather condition plus a rebound from three years of a cooling La Nina, all on top of steady global warming that is heating deeper water below. If that’s the case, they said, record-breaking ocean temperatures this month could be the first in many heat records to shatter.
From early March to this week, the global average ocean sea surface temperature jumped nearly two-tenths of a degree Celsius (0.36 degree Fahrenheit), according to the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer, which climate scientists use and trust. That may sound small, but for the average of the world’s oceans — which is 71% of Earth’s area —to rise so much in that short a time, “that’s huge,” said University of Colorado climate scientist Kris Karnauskas. “That’s an incredible departure from what was already a warm state to begin with.”
Climate scientists have been talking about the warming on social media and amongst themselves. Some, like University of Pennsylvania’s Michael Mann, quickly dismiss concerns by saying it is merely a growing El Nino on top of a steady human-caused warming increase.
Other climate scientists, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer Gregory C. Johnson, say it doesn’t appear to be just El Nino. There are several marine heat waves or ocean warming spots that don’t fit an El Nino pattern, such as those in the northern Pacific near Alaska and off the coast of Spain, he said.
“This is an unusual pattern. This is an extreme event at a global scale” in areas that don’t fit with merely an El Nino, said Princeton University climate scientist Gabe Vecchi. “That is a huge, huge signal. I think it’s going to take some level of effort to understand it.”link
UPDATE: Note that St. Mann ‘quickly dismisses’ the new evidence. This is exactly what we have just seen with covid ‘science’ when authorities quickly dismissed, even ridiculed, early treatments including innocuous vitamin D3 while simultaneously promoting dangerous vaxxes. Similar layers of mind-control are determining our foreign policy in Ukraine, our open border, and the baleful rise of wokeness and urban crime. There is a pattern and it is pretty obvious and it is not beneficial to moral, clear-thinking, normally cooperative citizens. These are enemy ideas being used to destroy our nation state and civilization. ‘Our side’, the only side we have, is reason, real science, clear thinking, compassion and wisdom. This is a heavy burden for any population to carry, but carry it we must. There is no other way forward. ABN