Global Warming Still Hiding

The Earth’s atmosphere has had no net warming for more than 18 years now according to RSS satellite data.

18 years no warming

This fact has caused problems for global warming alarmists. They have claimed that the “missing heat” is hiding in the deep oceans and will some day jump out a get us. I covered that subject last July, see Mystery of the Missing Heat.

A new study from NASA says the heat is NOT in the deep oceans. According to the press release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably.  (See full press release here.)

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, however, are now claiming the missing heat is now hiding in the upper 700 meters of the southern oceans and that they have merely underestimated the heat in the southern oceans before. See post by Anthony Watts here.

You will see on the first graph in Watt’s post, the southern oceans have been cooling. But the Livermore press release says, “Using satellite observations and a large suite of climate models, Lawrence Livermore scientists have found that long-term ocean warming in the upper 700 meters of Southern Hemisphere oceans has likely been underestimated.” I notice that the Livermore scientists don’t use actual measurements in the ocean. That might scare away the elusive “missing heat.”

Another curious phenomenon: if carbon dioxide emissions are warming the planet, how could all that warming be hiding in just the southern hemisphere? Should not global warming be global?

It seems that the “missing heat” is a wily beast that resides wherever we are not looking and disappears when we look.

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Climate change in perspective




  1. Absorbed radiation is immediately (0.1 nanosecond) thermalized i.e. the energy is conducted to other atmospheric molecules. It takes about 100,000 times longer to emit a photon after being energized enough to do it.

    Water vapor, which on average is about 15,000 ppmv in the sea level atmosphere, has 465 absorption lines in the range 5-13 microns.

    CO2 at 400 ppmv has only 1 absorption line in the range of significant terrestrial radiation.

    An increase of 100 ppmv of CO2 only increases the absorption lines by 1 in 70,000 which explains why CO2 change has no significant effect on average global temperature and thus no significant effect on climate.

    Direct radiation from the surface through the spectral ‘window’, reverse-thermalization at high altitude and condensation to clouds allow all energy from surface radiation to eventually reach space.

    This phenomenon along with the identity of the two drivers that explain the ups and downs of climate change since the Little Ice Age (95% correlation since before 1900) are described at

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