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Global Sea Ice Extent

September 17th Data:

Arctic Sea Ice: 1.2 Million km

Antarctic Sea Ice: 1.5 million km

Net Global Sea Ice Deviation: 0.3 million km

Oceans are the driver of global temperature

Wattsupwiththat.com has an excellent entry regarding sea surface temps. The main contention is, the planetary warming since 1976 is directly caused by the increase in El Nino activity, specifically the 1998 Super El Nino. See the presentation here.

Typically, El Ninos and La Ninas occur in alternating succession. That was NOT the case after the 1998 Super El Nino. There was a mild La Nina in 99-00, follows by 3 consecutive El Nino events up to early 2007. In short, a TREMENDOUS amount of heat was released from the oceans from 1998-2007 with virtually no countering LA Nina to keep the warming in check.

It should come as no shock to anyone who has half a brain that the planet cooled in 2008 and that cooling is a direct result of a moderate La Nina that formed late in 2007. The only question that remains in my mind is what is driving the El Nino/La Nina phenomenon? The boys at Real Climate have already decided that it's us, despite offering zero evidence.

Quote:It is possible, in fact probable, that climate change is actually influencing El Nino (e.g. favoring more frequent and larger El Nino events)


So, as it sits with me, someone is going to have to show the link between CO2 and ENSO, because the ENSO is running the show, as far as global temps are concerned.

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