A Few Things Ill Considered

La Niña cannot erase decades of warming

A great and substantive post up at Skeptical Science on La Nina and what we should expect (and not expect) in terms of its impact on global temperatures.

Read it all!

(image borrowed from Skeptical Science)

La Ninas typically redistribute the global heat budget in such a way as average surface temperatures are depressed from where they might otherwise have been, and we are several months into a strong one now.

(image borrowed from Skeptical Science)

Be on the lookout for lots more “global warming stopped!” bull.


  1. #1 Steve L
    November 11, 2010

    Bring on the nonsense! Better to inoculate people who follow this once in a while. If they had brains they’d only bust out the easily-debunkable stuff at critical junctures (votes, etc).

  2. #2 J Bowers
    November 11, 2010

    Thanks Coby. I’ve bookmarked this for those pending occasions where I now get the chance to post,

    “Not quite, you’re wrong, here’s why: http://scienceblogs.com/illconsidered/2010/11/la_nina_cannot_erase_decades_o.php

    And when they respond with “Blah, blah, blah, nah, nahhhhhh…” I get to post the longer and more detailed Skeptical Science version, too.

  3. #3 adelady
    November 12, 2010

    If global warming’s stopped, I’d hate to see what these pics would look like if it kept going.

    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/2010vs2005+1998.pdf (2010 Jan- Oct hottest ever)

  4. #4 jyyh
    November 20, 2010

    out of regular net access, so comments will be sparse. la nina is the thing storing atmospheric heat to the ocean, right?