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

Ocean Circulation Disruption


Looking at the latest sea surface temperature anomaly map from Unisys, it seems there may be an issue with the ocean currents. I remember hearing recently (I believe on that there was an unexplained warming of Pacific waters along the west coast of the United States. As things like this tend to be sensationalized by the media, I often just ignore the commentary. Inevitably, whatever is happening in the world gets blamed on man.

So we fast forward a few weeks to the NOAA claim that October was the warmest on record. The claim was obviously laughable, but I decided to do some poking around. I wanted to see how sea surface temperatures were doing. I bring up a reliable data product, which is the Unisys SST Anomaly Map, to check out the health of ocean temperatures. I find something a bit odd in the images.

If you look at the large image above, you see what looks like rivers of cold in a warm ocean. There are very pronounced rivers in the southern hemisphere, and one in the western to central Pacific in the northern hemisphere. You will also find a very large cold pool of water just west of Europe. With the exception of the central Atlantic, you will find pretty much no cooler water in the equatorial regions. It would seem to me that if ocean currents were having problems, the equatorial region is the one place that would lack cooler water since warm water isn’t being replaced by circulating cool water.

Look at these rivers of very cool water.  This first image is from the South Atlantic.


This next region is from the southern Pacific, just off of the coast of South America.

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I believe the most interesting image of all comes from the Atlantic ocean in the northern hemisphere. If you look at the next image, you see what could be a big problem with the Gulf Stream.


You will notice the Gulf Stream looks warmer than normal to a point. This is happening despite the Gulf of Mexico being cooler. If you follow the stream, you will notice the very warm flow ends abruptly and you enter a very large and cool pool of water. Why?  It may be that the Gulf Stream isn’t flowing properly and is now backing up a bit.  Instead of the warm water disbursing in the northeast Atlantic ocean, it stops in the western half.  So instead of the northeastern section being warmed by Gulf waters, it is now getting colder.  A scenario would have been the warmer waters diving below the surface and forcing up colder waters.  But that would not explain the above normal water temperatures in the first half of the current especially when the origin of the current (Gulf of Mexico) is cooler than normal.

Could these abnormalities in the global ocean currents be responsible for the unusual weather in the northern hemisphere?  Could this battle between warm and cold be responsible for the significant northern hemisphere snow cover?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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