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Heavy Rainfall Is Stopping Sea Levels From Rising

From clutching at straws Reuters:

Shifts in rainfall, not warming pause, slow sea level rise

By Alister Doyle | March 23, 2014

OSLO (Reuters) – Heavy rains from the Amazon to Australia have curbed sea level rise so far this century by shifting water from the oceans to land, according to a study that rejects theories that the slowdown is tied to a pause in global warming.

Because it doesn’t rain on the ocean. (Even though the oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface.)

Sea level rise has been one of the clearest signs of climate change…  But in a puzzle to climate scientists, the rate slowed to 2.4 millimeters (0.09 inch) a year from 2003 to 2011 from 3.4 mm from 1994-2002, heartening skeptics who doubt that deep cuts are needed in mankind’s rising greenhouse gas emissions.

And yet sea levels have been rising slower than the historic average for years now. But don’t worry. They’ve now come up with an explanation.

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change on Sunday, experts said the rate from 2003-2011 would have been 3.3 mm a year when excluding natural shifts led by an unusually high number of La Nina weather events that cool the surface of the Pacific Ocean and cause more rain over land.

Huh. We thought global warming was supposed to cause more droughts. Not more rainfall.

"There is no slowing in the rate of sea level rise" after accounting for the natural variations, lead author Anny Cazenave of the Laboratory for Studies in Geophysics and Spatial Oceanography in Toulouse, France, told Reuters…

You see? The sea levels are still rising. We are just too dumb to realize it.

Rainfall over land only temporarily brakes sea level rise. "Eventually water that falls as rain on land comes back into the sea," said Anders Levermann, a professor at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who was not involved in the study. "Some of it goes into ground water but most of it will drain into rivers, or evaporate."

So the sea levels are still going to rise, sometime in the future.

The apparent slowing of sea level rise coincided with what the U.N. panel of climate experts calls a hiatus in global warming at the Earth’s surface, when temperatures have risen less sharply despite record emissions of greenhouse gases.

"The slowdown in sea level rise … is due to natural variability in the climate and is not indicative of a slowdown in the effects of global warming," Nature Climate Change said.

To review: global warming causes the sea levels to rise. But the lack of global warming does not cause the sea levels to stop rising.

Many scientists suspect that the "missing heat" from a build-up greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is going into the deep oceans as part of natural variations in the climate.

But, because water expands as it warms, that theory had been hard to reconcile with the apparent slowdown in sea level rise…

That’s okay. They’ll find a way. Their grant money depends on it.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Heavy Rainfall Is Stopping Sea Levels From Rising”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Sweet babbling Moses, last week it was movie ticket prices. The week before it was ninjas with shotguns. The week before that it was Michelle Obama’s hatred of pastry cream .. can you people please get on the same page ..

  2. Astravogel says:

    It might be that the increasing affluence in China has enabled
    more of its population to purchase flush toilets, which store a
    goodly amount of water. Then, if their TV programs are better
    than ours (a good bet) they won’t be leaving to use the toilet
    and the water…lost my train of logic here. Probably went up
    an escalator at O’Hare.

  3. canary says:

    This is why Obama has his new environmental and climate change gov site. The idea is to make money of it.
    No telling how biased it will going through the hands of thousands of job creations.

    It’s amazing that our scientists get their sea level numbers from satelites over the Artic that get kicked around for miles leading to inacurate pictures that eventually get colorized digits applied.

    Well, it does take evaporated water to form clouds and rains.

    What is becoming the rule of thumb in my state the last few years with their drought fear mongering is they don’t count snow on the ground for days to break a drought. I guess they think all that snow evaporates and none of it melts into the ground.

    Either way evaporation is not disappearance as it forms clouds that rain.

    I detest the weathermen whodo the news in my state. The reporters always bend over and pick up some ice to and zoom in to show people what it looks like. Boring.

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