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!

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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.

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

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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).

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