The Unisys Daily Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly Maps May Be Gone


UPDATE (July 14, 2014):  Unisys is once again providing  daily sea surface temperature anomaly updates.

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Near the first of this month, the NOAA National Weather Service discontinued the sea surface temperature dataset used by Unisys to create their daily sea surface temperature and sea surface temperature anomaly maps. As a result, Unisys has been unable to update those maps. Many persons enjoyed studying the animations (see current sample to the right) because of the color coding of temperature anomalies, in which blues and greens extended into the realm of positive anomalies.

So where can you turn now for your daily fix of peaceful and calming shades of blue?

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May 2014 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly Update

This post updates the data for the three primary suppliers of global land+ocean surface temperature data—GISS through May 2014 and HADCRUT4 and NCDC through April 2014—and of the two suppliers of satellite-based global lower troposphere temperature data (RSS and UAH) through May 2014.

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Flashback 1997 – Scientists Forecast Permanent El Ninos.

Bob Tisdale:

Thanks, Paul. I always enjoy things like this. Now we see papers predicting permanent La Nina domination…with periodic super El Ninos. But the models in the CMIP5 archive still can’t simulate basic processes in the tropical Pacific, like Bjerknes feedback, so all predictions are meaningless.

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

By Paul Homewood


Back in 1997, the BBC reported:

Scientists are warning that global warming could make the El Nino a permanent feature of the world’s weather system.

El Nino events normally occur roughly every 5 years, and last for between 12 and 18 months. However unpublished scientific research now suggests that the complex weather systems could occur every 3 years, making them a dominant weather pattern and in effect, almost permanent.

This year’s El Nino has been one of the strongest on record and has led to:

  • Droughts in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Delayed monsoon in South East Asia leaving forest fires to rage out of control, blanketing the region with choking smog.
  • Storms on the Pacific coast of South and Central America from Chile to Mexico.
  • Drought in Southern Africa.
  • Threat of floods in Peru and California

In the last decade there have been 5…

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Table of Contents of Book in the Works

Attached here is a pdf copy of the Table of Contents of my upcoming book, which is presently titled The Flaws, Not Just the Pause.  I’m looking for feedback.  Basically, at this point in the process, what topics have I overlooked?  Please comment, and please do it on this thread.  If you were to comment elsewhere, I might miss them.  Wouldn’t want that.

I had hoped to have the book finished by September, but that completion time is slipping fast.


Bob Tisdale

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New from NOAA

UPDATE:  NOAA has corrected the typos in the illustrations at the new reanalysis intercomparison website.
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NOAA opened two new blogs recently…and a new reanalysis intercomparison website, with a plethora of ENSO-related illustrations.

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May 2014 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomaly Update


The monthly sea surface temperature anomalies across the entire central and eastern equatorial Pacific have reached El Niño conditions with anomalies in excess of +0.5 deg C.   While El Niño conditions exist now, we are presently not experiencing an “official” El Niño event.  Sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific must remain at the elevated levels for a number of months before NOAA proclaims an “official” El Niño event.  Keep in mind, last year in 2013, the equatorial Pacific fluctuated back and forth between positive and negative anomalies, and that 3 months ago the eastern equatorial Pacific was experiencing La Niña-like conditions.  Sea surface temperature anomalies for the central and eastern equatorial Pacific have increased drastically in those 3 months in response to westerly wind bursts, the Kelvin wave, and the resulting upwelling of the warmer-than-normal subsurface waters.  See the 2014/15 El Niño series of posts, starting at the first one, for a detailed discussion of the evolution of this likely El Niño.

The NINO3.4 Sea Surface Temperature anomalies for May 2014 are just above the +0.5 deg C threshold of El Nino conditions.  They are presently at +0.54 deg C, having risen about 0.2 deg C in the last month.

02 NINO3.4 SSTa

(2) NINO3.4 Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

(5S-5N, 170W-120W)

Monthly Change = +0.212 deg C

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Is One of the Objectives of All Alarmists to Be a Source of Misinformation?

Near the end of the June 3rd post The 2014/15 El Niño – Part 10 – June 2014 Update – Still Waiting for the Feedbacks, I discussed that misinformation about the developing El Niño would the topic of an upcoming post. Part 10 was cross posted at WattsUpWithThat a day later.  We’ve already had misinformation as the topic for the second post in that series (see The 2014/15 El Niño – Part 2 – The Alarmist Misinformation (BS) Begins) and there has been enough fuel since then for another post.  In Part 10, I wrote (my boldface): There are a couple of recent posts by an alarmist and one by a reporter (whose error may have been unintentional) that provide food for a post.  RobertScribbler is always full of misinformation. (More examples here and here.  I wonder if he’s vying for a job with Joe Romm.)…

I was somewhat surprised by RobertScribbler’s frankness in his response to my comment.

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The 2014/15 El Niño – Part 10 – June 2014 Update – Still Waiting for the Feedbacks

This post provides an update on the progress of the early evolution of the 2014/15 El Niño with data through the end of May 2014. The post is similar in layout to the May update.  The post includes 5 gif animations and 16 illustrations so the post might take a few moments to load on your browser.  Please click on the illustrations and animations to enlarge them.

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SkepticalScience Needs to Update their Escalator

The SkepticalScience animation The Escalator has been around for a couple of years, and it has appeared in dozens of their posts and in blog posts by other carbon dioxide-obsessed alarmists.  Their intent with The Escalator animation was to show that the instrument temperature record includes many short-term absences of global warming, while, in their minds, manmade greenhouse gases caused the long-term trend of global warming.  With Kevin Trenberth now saying strong El Niño events caused global warming to occur in steps, SkepticalScience needs to revise their escalator animation. The steps are not only how skeptics view global warming…one of the leading ENSO and global warming researchers is now presenting global warming in El Niño-caused big jumps, and he also has written in at least two peer-reviewed papers that El Niños are fueled by sunlight.

So here’s my suggested replacement for SkepticalScience’s The Escalator.  For lack of a better title, we’ll call it…

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PRELIMINARY May 2014 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Update


The sea surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific are elevated. The following are the weekly sea surface temperature anomalies for the 4 most-often-used NINO regions for the week of May 21st.  From west to east:

  • NINO4 (5S-5N, 160E-150W) = +0.97
  • NINO3.4 (5S-5N, 170W-120W) = +0.62
  • NINO3 (5S-5N, 150W-90W) = +0.70
  • NINO1+2 (10S-0, 90W-80W) = +1.39


The May 2014 Reynolds OI.v2 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) data through the NOAA NOMADS website won’t be official until Monday, June 8,, 2014. Refer to the schedule on the NOAA Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature Analysis Frequently Asked Questions webpage.  The following are the preliminary Global and NINO3.4 SST anomalies for May 2014 that the NOMADS website prepares based on incomplete data for the month.  I’ve also included the weekly data through the week centered on May 21, 2014, but I’ve shortened the span of the weekly data.  As noted in the recent mid-May 2013 update, I’ve started using 2001 for the start of the graphs of the weekly data so that the variations can be seen AND so that you can see how “flat” global sea surface temperature anomalies have been since then.  The base years for anomalies are 1971-2000, which are the standard base years from the NOAA NOMADS website for this dataset.

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