>PRELIMINARY February 2011 SST Anomaly Update

>The February 2011 Reynolds OI.v2 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) data through the NOAA NOMADS website won’t be official until March 7th. 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 February 2011 that the NOMADS website prepares based on incomplete data for the month. I’ve also included the weekly data through February 23, 2011, but I’ve shortened the span of the weekly data, starting it in January 2004, so that the variations can be seen.

PRELIMINARY MONTHLY DATA

Monthly NINO3.4 SST anomalies reached their seasonal low in January and began the rebound in February. Based on the preliminary data they’re at -1.28 deg C.

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Monthly NINO3.4 SST Anomalies
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Monthly Global SST anomalies, according to the preliminary data, have rebounded after their drop last month. The preliminary global SST anomaly is +0.093 deg C.
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Monthly Global SST Anomalies
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WEEKLY DATA

The weekly NINO3.4 SST anomalies for the week centered on February 23, 2011 are -1.25 deg C.

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Weekly NINO3.4 SST Anomalies
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Weekly Global SST Anomalies are presently at +0.11 deg C.
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Weekly Global SST Anomalies
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SOURCES

SST anomaly data is available through the NOAA NOMADS website:
http://nomad1.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/pdisp_sst.sh
or:
http://nomad3.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/pdisp_sst.sh?lite=

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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4 Responses to >PRELIMINARY February 2011 SST Anomaly Update

  1. magellan says:

    >Bob, I'm wondering what your opinion is on this paper where the authors claim the current North Atlantic SST is higher than at any time in the last 2000 years.http://tinyurl.com/4gnxx54"Enhanced Modern Heat Transfer to the Arctic by Warm Atlantic Water"

  2. Bob Tisdale says:

    >magellan: With the paywall I haven't read it. Also, since paleoclimatology appears to be driven by the method of statistics that's employed, I'm not really interested in it. My primary interest is attempting to determine if the rise in sea surface temperatures during the satellite era could be explained without anthropogenic forcings.

  3. RuhRoh says:

    Wow, I really like those side-by-side graphs with the synchronously developing anomaly plots and the ‘big picture’ thing.

    Maybe you could teach Steve McI about how you did those.
    He has just started with blinking gif.
    There’s a ton of data that could be making pictures instead of lines…

    I see that Hansen et. al submitted their ‘Imbalance’ paper Jan of 2005. Why did they cut off their analysis at 2003?
    What would the same analysis show for 2003-2011?

    RR

  4. Bob Tisdale says:

    RuhRoh: I believe Hansen ended their analysis for that paper in 2003 because that version of the NODC OHC data ended then. In later graphs, they showed a steady increase.

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