Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies of the Patch of Warmer-Than-Normal Waters in the North Atlantic

With Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence approaching the continental United States, the patch of warmer-than-normal waters at mid-latitudes of the North Atlantic (see Figure 1) is sure to generate some nonsensical statements about human-induced global warming-climate change from the mainstream media and alarmists.

Figure 1

Therefore, it seems like an appropriate time to present the long-term sea surface temperature data for that patch of warmer-than-normal waters. Figure 2 is a time-series graph of the sea surface temperature anomalies for the coordinates of 35N-50N, 80W-40W, which captures those warmer-than-normal waters. For the dataset, I’m presenting NOAA’s much-adjusted ERSST.v5 sea surface temperature dataset. Like always, I’ve downloaded it through the KNMI Climate Explorer.

Figure 2

As we can see, the August 2018 sea surface temperature anomalies for August 2018 [oops] were +1.23 deg C for that region. We can also see that that value has been met or exceeded as far back as the 1860s, 1930s and 1950s, so it could be said that there’s nothing really unusual about the temperatures of that patch of warmer-than-normal waters in the North Atlantic because it’s happened before.  And looking at the long-term cycles, one might assume they have to do with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (See the NOAA AOML FAQ webpage here for more info on the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.)

Hope this post helps you combat the nonsense.

As soon as NOAA’s satellite-enhanced sea surface temperature data for August 2018 are available, I’ll be publishing a post about the sea surface temperature anomalies for the hurricane formation regions. I suspect it will be available sometime tomorrow or Tuesday, which should be in advance of Florence making landfall, assuming she elects to pay a visit to the U.S.

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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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13 Responses to Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies of the Patch of Warmer-Than-Normal Waters in the North Atlantic

  1. Ben Palmer says:

    Thanks Bob, good to hear from you.

  2. Bob Tisdale says:

    Thanks, Ben. There are times I miss blogging.

  3. Alec aka Daffy Duck says:

    THANK YOU BOB!!!
    I have lots of relatives and old friends in Maine and the SST rise in the Gulf of Maine has gotten lots of press.

    Here a recent paper on the Gulf of maine
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283447602_Slow_adaptation_in_the_face_of_rapid_warming_leads_to_collapse_of_the_Gulf_of_Maine_cod_fishery

  4. Bob Tisdale says:

    Alec, the Gulf of Maine (41.5N-45.5N, 71W-66W) has a similar curve to the entire warm patch…

    Cheers,
    Bob

  5. Ron Clutz says:

    Thanks Bob for weighing in on this. You have always provided a context for people to understand these natural events. Tropical Tidbits shows the same phenomenon.

  6. Bob Tisdale says:

    And thank you for stopping by, Ron. The tripole has been standing out this year.

    Cheers

  7. Alec aka Daffy Duck says:

    A double BIG THANK!!

  8. Terry D Welander says:

    Sea Level has varied by 400 feet or more over the last 10,000 years; meaning ice packs and glaciers have come and gone on a routine basis; and ocean temperature changes are near routine. While it is nice to keep track of ocean temperature changes; to match to past cycles; there is nothing new here.

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