Reuters Delves Into The “Heat Is Hiding In The Deep Oceans” Meme

And provides lots and lots of Warmist approved talking points that skirt science and history

(Reuters) The world’s oceans have absorbed more than 90 percent of global warming since the mid-20th century, making accurate measurements of deep ocean temperatures vital to predicting how much global temperatures and sea levels are going to rise.

In 1999, a group of 30 countries launched the Argo program as the first global, subsurface ocean observing system.

It will improve on the earlier patchwork of observations dating as far back as Britain’s HMS Challenger in 1873, which dropped a weighted thermometer overboard on a hemp line 8 millimeters [app. 1/3 of an inch] thick.

The Argo floats are rather more sophisticated with an inflatable chamber and a pump that changes the buoyancy of the float by changing its volume. It can sink from the surface to 2,000 meters [6560 feet] depth and then resurface, measuring temperatures and salinity as it goes.

The data so far confirm a warming trend in the oceans over the past century.

Significantly, two recent publications suggest that the deep oceans have warmed particularly quickly in the past decade.

Here’s the question: do we have tons and tons of data to support this going back thousands of years that covers the majority of the oceans? Also, if the upper oceans aren’t warming that much, how is it that the heat just appears in the deep oceans? And, couldn’t any heat have more to do with natural conditions, such as underwater vulcanism? But, it really comes back to not having long term data, which wouldn’t matter to Warmists in the first place, because they would simply adjust/falsify/hide data that doesn’t conform.

According to those surface temperatures, 11 of the 12 hottest years in the past 150 have been since 2000, NASA data show, illustrating a clear warming trend.

First, that would be expected during a natural warm period. Second, much of the world has seen very cold conditions 4 of the last 5 years (which Warmists blame on man-induced climate change, of course). Third, the 30’s were warmer. Fourth, the entire point of the one sided opinion piece from Reuters writer Gerard Wynn is to continue the un-scientific meme that the warming, missing for 17 years, is hiding in the deep oceans, the better to continue pushing for more and more Progressivism and bigger government.

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Comment by eeyore
2013-08-21 20:45:12

In 1999, a group of 30 countries launched the Argo program

So a program launched in 1999 (14 years ago) confirms oceanic heating over the past century? Are they extrapolating the data on a patchwork 1873 system?

No wonder they call it Climate Change or Extracurricular Weather Events or anything else since Global Warming certainly isn’t happening globally, whether your particular area is hot or not.

Comment by john
2013-08-22 11:08:42

Teach 11 of the warmest years have occured in the last 12 years.
You then say “much of the world has seen very cold conditions 4 of the last 5 years?? UHHH…. how much is “much”???
The 1930s were not warmer, except in the USA which is just under 2% of the planet.
Teach was science and math EVER your strongest subjects?? I mean for someone who thought that there were 1 centimeters in a meter you seem to be pretty certain that so many other people (who no doubt know the metric system) are 100% wrong on climate monitoring.

Comment by Filthy_Filner_Friday
2013-08-24 15:22:35

The world’s oceans have absorbed more than 90 percent of global warming since the mid-20th century

Wait. So, our oceans of water only started acting like water since the mid1900’s? What did they act like before that?

Water has and always will absorb most of the incoming heat as it is a much much larger energy sink. It has a lot of mass, area and alot of COLD energy stored already.

Science. It’s hard. Leave it to the real scientists.


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