Saturday, December 1, 2018
Yesterday a casual google search triggered a flurry of recent stories from a spectrum of news outlets, most with breathless headlines about two years of global temperature drop - that leaves me stupefied. Too many of these stories with all their handwringing and confused writing either ignore or bury the fact that they are discussing Earth's surface temperatures. Why can't we get the simplest principles straight? It's the atmospheric insulation silly! Right, Left, malicious and well-meaning, what up? We live upon a Global Heat and Moisture Distribution Engine!
Our Surface Temperature represents about 10% of our Global Climate Engine's total heat content. The oceans contain the other 90% of global climate temperatures, for christ sake stop ignoring that! Enunciate how our planet operates. Surface temperatures fluctuate, distribution patterns of surface heat are immensely complex, so what? The fundamental physical reality that no one cares to hammer home is that our global heat and moisture distribution engine is accumulating a known amount of extra warming 24/7/365 and the reasons are well understood, and the amounts are well known.
But don’t take my word for it, listen to a real expert Josh Willis PhD explain the deniable, but unavoidable, physical reality. First a quickie, then another talk with a bit more details, followed by some visualizations of Earth’s temperature rise to put these fluctuations into realistic perspective.
NASA | Ask a Climate Scientist: Global Warming Pause?
Charting Irreversible Climate Change with Jason-3