The first headline for USA Today, atop veteran science writer Seth Borenstein's story for the AP, was inspired by world-wide records from the National Climactic Data Center. As the story said:
WASHINGTON — The world's oceans this summer are the warmest on record.
The National Climatic Data Center, the
government agency that keeps weather records, says the average global
ocean temperature in July was 62.6 degrees. It is the hottest since
record-keeping began in 1880. The previous record was set in 1998.
Meteorologists blame a combination of a natural
El Nino weather pattern on top of worsening manmade global warming. The
warmer water could add to the melting of sea ice and possibly
strengthen some hurricanes.
Yesterday I looked at JAXA data and ventured that:
The Sept 15th JAXA Arctic Sea Ice extent graph was published this evening
about 8PM PST (and updated overnight which is the image now shown) and
shows an increase in sea ice for the second day in a row. It seems
clear that Arctic sea ice is now on the rise.
Read with a modicum of attention, and it's quickly apparent why sea ice in the Arctic is on the rise…winter is coming, and fall is nearly here!
So — ignore the long-term trend!
Oy. Could a more obvious, flat-footed way to avoid facing the truth about global warming be imagined? Ignore that man behind the curtain — winter is coming!
For those who want a little reporting with their facts, Dot Earth helpfully labels a graphic from NOAA:
Adds Andrew Revkin, dead of climate reporting, adds pointedly:
Variations in polar sea ice on short time scales, up or down, are
essentially meaningless, my contacts studying the cryosphere always