Even without an El Nino kick, 2017 heads for top-three ranking for global heat
An amusing bit of Warmism below. Now that 2017 is trending much cooler than 2016, they suddenly admit that the 2016 temperature was pushed up by El Nino. They previously avoided mentioning the El Nino effect and pretended the warming was part of anthropogenic global warming.
The authors below say that there was no influence of ElNino in 2017 so therefore the warmth must be traceable to the higher CO2 levels in 2017. What they omit to mention is that the ocean is a very slowly-changing heat sink and that ElNino was affecting temperatures for nearly two years. So one must expect that heat absorbed in that time will take a similar period to dissipate. And we are only half way through that period. So a drop back to pre 2015 temperatures is the trend and a continuation of that trend should bring us right back to "stasis" temperatures and a resumption of the infamous "pause".
Most amusingly, note that although global temperatures are dropping, CO2 levels are higher in 2017 than they have ever been. Once again the exact opposite of what Warmist theory predicts. Much fun!
You can't beat going back to the numbers. The CO2 figures are here (see column 4) and the temperatures are here. The numbers show you what the carefully selected guff below never would
The world is headed for its third warmest year on record, even without the boost from an El Nino, as the signs of climate change continue to mount, the World Meteorological Organisation said.
In a report released to coincide with the opening of the Bonn climate conference in Germany on Monday, the WMO said the five-year average was now running at about 1 degree warmer than the average for 1880-1900 period. The same conference two years ago in Paris agreed to keep warming to below 2 degrees.
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Based on the first nine months of the year, 2017 is unlikely to match 2016 - the hottest year on record - or the previous year. Still, it is likely to dislodge 2014 as the third warmest.
Such a ranking for 2017 will be notable not least because El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions have been neutral this year, removing the warming boost the past two years had from an El Nino.
"It's clearly the warmest year [on record] that doesn't have a warming influence," said Blair Trewin, senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology and scientific coordinator of the WMO report.
According to the first 10 months of the year, Australia will have its third-warmest year on record, the bureau said in a separate report.
Mean temperatures are running 0.96 degrees above the 1961-90 average used by the bureau. Maximum temperatures were even more unusual, running at 1.34 degrees above average.
The WMO's report comes a week after the United Nations agency said greenhouse gases are now at levels not seen for perhaps five million years. Carbon dioxide levels rose the most on record last year, increasing 3.3 parts per million to 403.3 ppm.