Sea surface temperature is plunging rapidly, air temps are following the downward trend. Brace for another cold N.H. winter.
From Dr Roy Spencer’s site:
Since these SST measurements are mostly unaffected by cloud cover like the traditional infrared measurements are, I consider this to be the most accurate high-time resolution SST record available…albeit only since mid-2002, when the Aqua satellite was launched.
I won’t make any predictions about whether SSTs will go as low as the 2007-08 La Nina event. I’ll leave that to others.
I obliged by getting in quick with comment#2 :)
Rog Tallbloke says:
October 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM
I predicted over 12 months ago that SST would be at 2007/8 low point level by February. I still stand by it. I was able to accurately call this by studying the similarity in the phasing of El Nino and La Nina with the solar cycles at the end of the C19th, when a similar fall in solar activity from a high point was witnessed.
The recent long drawn out raised SST’s following the 2010 El Nino will be matched by long drawn out lowered SST’s following the current La Nina. The ocean is in big bounce mode because large amounts of decades long trapped energy is making it’s way to the surface in stratified layers.
I expect the roller coaster to continue for several years.