Typhoon Haiyan Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies for Early Storm Track

Lots of the typical BS accumulating already about Typhoon Haiyan.  Let’s push some of it aside and present the sea surface temperature anomalies for the early portion of Haiyan’s storm track.

There was nothing unusually warm about the sea surface temperature anomalies for the early portion of Typhoon Haiyan’s storm track last week, the week of Wednesday October 30, 2013.  We’ll have to wait for Monday to see what the values were for this week.

Early Typhoon Haiyan SSTa Weekly

And for those wanting a longer-term look, based on the preliminary October 2013 values, there wasn’t anything unusually warm about the sea surface temperature anomalies for the early portion of Typhoon Haiyan’s storm track.

Early Typhoon Haiyan SSTa Monthly

SOURCE

The Sea Surface Temperature anomaly data used in this post 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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19 Responses to Typhoon Haiyan Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies for Early Storm Track

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  2. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Well spotted, Bob.

    w.

  3. Frank says:

    Bob: Is there some reason you chose 1980 and 1990 as the starting dates for your graphs? The IPCC claims anthropogenic warming became dominant in the second half of the century. In land surface records, warming took off sometime in the 70’s. Either of these dates would make more sense to me.

    In a recent speech, Al Gore claimed that SSTs were much warmer along Sandy’s track due to global warming? Do you know where this claim comes from?

    I’m not sure why there should be all this fuss about a few tenths of a degree in SST when hurricanes are supposedly heat engines powered by the temperature difference between the surface the top of the convective towers. Rising SSTs will create more area above the 26.5 degC threshold where hurricanes might develop, but after that I’m not sure SST makes much difference.

  4. Bob Tisdale says:

    Frank says: “Is there some reason you chose 1980 and 1990 as the starting dates for your graphs?”

    The weekly Reynolds OI.v2 sea surface temperature data is broken into two subsets–before and after 1990–thus the start year of 1990.

    The monthly Reynolds OI.v2 sea surface temperature data starts in November 1981.

  5. I wish nothing but the very best to those affected. My thoughts and prayers are with them. It’s time to seriously think about global warming or climate change before it’s too late. http://nihawma.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/donations-for-the-victims-of-typhoon-yolanda-haiyan/

  6. Frank says:

    Thanks for the clarification.

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  8. BS was expected to generate about the Typhoon – Warmist are thriving on people’s misery and suffering

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  13. Bruce says:

    SST is transient, the real action is in the water column, which has definitely been warming in recent decades, so you analysis is moot.

  14. Bob Tisdale says:

    Bruce, I only presented one plot of sea surface temperature. My analysis is not moot, because it addresses the nonsensical claims by alarmists.
    Sorry for the cross-out, Bruce. I thought you were commenting on the “Games People Play” thread.
    https://bobtisdale.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/games-people-play/
    Additionally, the typhoon has to be fed from the ocean.

    Regards

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  19. kiwiinphils says:

    Regardless of what theory you want to follow, Supertyphoons Haiyan and Hagupit were real and came at an interval of 13 months exactly, 8 Nov 2013 and 7 Dec 2014.. As a resident trained meteorological observer living in Eastern Samar since 2007 I have observed only one other ‘significant’ typhoon at Lat 11 degrees North making landfall prior to this, on 20 June 2008. Clearly the incidence has increased, but the real question is “Is this just a blip on the radar, or will there be a third ST in coming months?” (I did my formal meteorological training at Kelburn Met Office, Wellington NZ in 1969)

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