Saturday, March 22, 2008

About That Warming. . .

It must be true--I heard it on NPR:
Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren't quite understanding what their robots are telling them.

This is puzzling in part because here on the surface of the Earth, the years since 2003 have been some of the hottest on record. But Josh Willis at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the oceans are what really matter when it comes to global warming.

In fact, 80 percent to 90 percent of global warming involves heating up ocean waters. They hold much more heat than the atmosphere can. So Willis has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments called the Argo system. The buoys can dive 3,000 feet down and measure ocean temperature. Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans.
Warming and sea water: you may think it's a modern issue, but climate alarmists have been panicking since the late 1800s.

(via Conservative Grapevine, Anthony Watts)


MaxedOutMama said...

Carl - well, the satellites haven't shown it, and now the ocean robots are missing it.

I am waiting for Patrick Kennedy to demand that the robots be executed as traitors.

Carl said...


Kennedy would oppose applying the death penalty to robots--they don't have the testable DNA he demands.