Deep Ocean Warming is Coming Back to Haunt Us: Record Warmth for 2014 Likely As Equatorial Heat Rises

This post by RobertScribbler is great for a laugh. He expresses no comprehension of the topics at hand.
We’ve already shown how data contradict a few of his assumptions in the post here:


As prominent ocean researcher and climate scientist Dr. Kevin Trenberth presciently noted during recent years — an observed spike in ocean heat content over the past decade may well be coming back to haunt us.

Earlier this year the most intense sub-sea Kelvin Wave on record raged across the Pacific Ocean. Driven eastward by a series of strong westerly wind bursts, it traveled just below the surface, running out to collide with South America. By April, it had arrived in the traditional El Nino spawning grounds of the Eastern Equatorial Pacific where it retained an extreme intensity. There it sprawled, snuffing off the cold deep water upwelling that over the past few years has kept surface water temperatures in this critical region slightly cooler than average.

And so, from late March through mid-May, the Eastern Pacific warmed.

A surface warm pool sprang off the back of this beast, growing…

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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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8 Responses to Deep Ocean Warming is Coming Back to Haunt Us: Record Warmth for 2014 Likely As Equatorial Heat Rises

  1. Steve Keohane says:

    Since water has so much more heat capacity than our gaseous atmosphere, it seems to me that the ocean dumping heat into the atmosphere just allows the heat to escape the planet more quickly than running it poleward to dump it there.

  2. Thanks, Bob.
    I don’t think Scribbler did any favor to Dr. Trenberth with this piece.

  3. Bernd Palmer says:

    Happened to me similarly yesterday: my warm swimming pool sprang off the lawn and landed on the roof of my house. Fortunately, radiative forces and westerly winds cooled the pool rapidly, thus avoiding an imminent melt down.

  4. Ulli Kulke says:

    Dear Bob Tisdale,
    thanks for your interesting blog posts. I have one question: The graphs you publish, for example about ocean heat content, especially in context with el nino, comparison of 0-700 and 0-2000 meters etc., is it based on original data of NODC? And could you please help me with adress, where I can follow it?

  5. Bob Tisdale says:

    Ulli Kulke, using this post…
    …as a reference, Figures 2, 3 and 4 are NODC ocean heat content data (0-700 Meters) for portions of the tropical Pacific. I used the KNMI Climate Explorer for that data:

    At the KNMI Climate Explorer, you have to enter the desired coordinates, and keep in mind that the coordinates in the right-hand field must have a higher numerical value than the left-hand one. So the longitudes of the tropical Pacific (120E-80W) would be entered in the fields as 120 and 280, (not 120 and -80). Another thing to consider, the NODC presents their data on a quarterly basis and they lag a few months, so they’re not very timely.

    Figures 5 and 6 from the post linked above are of the TAO project warm water volume, which are available through the webpage here:
    That data are more up-to-date.


  6. Ulli Kulke says:

    Thanks for immediate reply, Ulli

  7. Ben Wouters says:

    Just posted this:

    “Ben Wouters / May 20, 2014

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I’m a firm believer in the importance of the oceans for our climate.
    When discussing the current heating of the deep oceans, do you have an estimate for when the deep ocean temperature will surpass the temperatures reached in the Cretaceous?
    (about 18K warmer then today)”

    Curious if my comment will pass moderation, and if an answer will be given.

  8. Ben Wouters says:

    To be sure, I posted at the Scribbler website.

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