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New Tools Needed To Find ‘Missing Heat’

From the laughably devout Gaia cultists at the UK’s Guardian:

Global warming monitoring needs to find ‘missing heat’, say scientists

Further study on oceans needed before hidden heat ‘comes back to haunt us’, say researchers in Colorado

David Adam, environment correspondent
Thursday 15 April 2010

Experts need to beef up ways to measure the heat content of oceans as a way to track more reliably the course of global warming, scientists say today.

And by “beef up,” these experts mean they want to change how we measure ocean temperatures so that they will show that they are heating up – even when they are not.

Kevin Trenberth and John Fasullo, climate scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, say that only about half of the heat believed to have built up in the Earth in recent years can be accounted for. New instruments are needed to locate and monitor this missing heat, they say, which could be storing up trouble for the future.

Notice that we are talking about “heat [that is] believed to have built up in the Earth in recent years.”

What are we to believe? The global warming propagandists or our lying thermometers?

By the way, if we used this logic, we would have modified our scientific instruments until we were able to find the “ether” that everybody ‘believed’ filled outer space. – Except for Albert Einstein.

"The heat will come back to haunt us sooner or later," Trenberth said. "The reprieve we’ve had from warming temperatures in the last few years will not continue. It is critical to track the build-up of energy in our climate system so we can understand what is happening and predict our future climate."

Can Mr. Trenberth tell us exactly how and where the heat ‘missing’ from the last Ice Age was stored?

Although the rise in surface temperature in recent decades is the most well-known consequence of the thickening blanket of greenhouse gases around the Earth, it represents just a tiny fraction of the extra heat trapped. Most of the extra solar energy heads straight into the oceans, where it is stored as warmer water. Some goes into melting glaciers and polar ice, as well as warming the land and atmosphere.

However, it turns out that none of this warming is measurable by our current scientific instruments. So we obviously need new instruments!

This theory also begs the question: why wasn’t this heat stored in the deep ocean until about 15 years ago, when world wide temperatures stopped going up?

Writing in the journal Science, the scientists say their calculations show that current measurements can only account for half the extra heat trapped by human emissions.

So if they know that they are only measuring ‘half,’ why not just double the number and call it a day?

But of course all of this is just total nonsense.

Much of the rest is probably in the deep ocean, they say. Some heat increase has been detected in the upper ocean, but there is no routine monitoring below depths of about 3,000m.

And here we were thinking ‘heat rises.’ Obviously we need new laws of thermo dynamics, too.

Fasullo said: “Global warming at its heart is driven by an imbalance of energy. More solar energy is entering the atmosphere than leaving it.”

And yet we are not even allowed to suggest that increased sun spots and solar flares could be the driving force behind the tiny uptick in temperatures that allegedly occurred between 1980 and 1995.

By the way, these same scientists who claim we don’t have the instruments to measure the temperature of the oceans have no problem pretending that they know for a fact that “more solar energy is entering the atmosphere than leaving it.”

How exactly are they able to measure that?

“Our concern is that we aren’t able to entirely monitor or understand the imbalance. This reveals a glaring hole in our ability to observe the build-up of heat in our climate system.”

Or maybe it reveals a glaring hole in their approach, but does not seem to be ‘objective’ at all. They are assuming there is ‘global warming,’ and want to torture the data until it proves their theory.

That is not how ‘science’ is supposed to work.

The missing heat is important, they say, because it could be released as weather phenomena such as El Niño, in which the upper waters of the tropical Pacific ocean warm, and La Niña, which often follows. La Niña events have been linked to cold weather, while El Niños drive storms.

The scientists say: "How can we understand whether the strong cold outbreaks of December 2009 are simply a natural weather phenomenon, as they seem to be, or are part of some change in clouds or pollution, if we do not have adequate measurements?"

Why worry about “adequate measurements” now?

‘Global warming’ is settled science.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “New Tools Needed To Find ‘Missing Heat’”

  1. wstuga says:

    I’m glad someone finally ran a story on my missing “heat”! I had no idea it was stored in the ocean. I would be concerned that it would be broken when I get my “heat” back, but glocks just seem to work despite what you do to them. That and I have additional “heat”.

    I wonder if the gurus in Boulder would like me to cool down my “heat”?

  2. mr_bill says:

    Maybe when they’re done, they can spend a little time looking for some other missing things like Joe Biden’s shut-up button, Obama’s credentials and “scholarly” work, Sandy Burglar’s 50 pages of top secret documents, Bawny Fwank’s bong, Hillary’s testicles, the Constitution, Timmy Geithner’s tax payments, and Charlie Rangel’s ethics investigation, and my Obama tax cut (they keep saying I got one and I can’t find the darn thing).

  3. skclewis says:

    Well I don’t claim to be a scientist, just a guy who took basic science classes in high school back when it was called science and not seance. Anyway, as I recall water does absorb heat quite well but so do many other things. I wonder if these “learned” men took into consideration the growth of buildings over the past decades. Look around at our cities and what do you see? Buildings and roadways. Buildings contain metal and concrete which are also very good conductors and holders of heat. Our roadways are made of asphalt and concrete…more storage lockers for heat. So maybe it’s hidden in there? I’m living and working in the Middle East right now and all I have around me is desert. It gets very hot during the day and cools off a lot a night. Why? Sand is not a holder of heat but rather a reflector so the heat is bounced back into the air. There’s a lot of ocean out there and I have not heard of anyone proclaiming that hypothermia is not a concern of those who fall into it. So I think Steve is on the right track: “They are assuming there is ‘global warming,’ and want to torture the data until it proves their theory. “

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Install instruments for gas chromatography and a simple bulb thermometer in the House of Representatives and in the Senate chambers and I guarantee we’ll find all
    those excess gasses and missing heat.

  5. proreason says:

    After they find the missing heat, can they invent some tools to find our missing money?

    Politicians would be a good place to start.

  6. Douglas says:

    Chuckle. In science, if observations don’t match your model, you adjust your model. Attempts to adjust the facts don’t lead to anything useful. Their model predicts heat being trapped and they can’t find it. Either it’s not where they are looking or the model’s assumptions are wrong. I’d bet their assumptions are wrong.

  7. proreason says:

    The processes of modern science and modern liberalism are astonishingly similar.

    In modern science, the “scientist” develops a theory that will gain him funding and acclaim, and then sets out to invent evidence to prove the theory.

    Likewise, in modern liberalism, the liberal develops a theory that requires he be awarded money and power, and then directs the msm to invent the evidence to justify it.

    This is probably not a coincidence.

  8. BillK says:

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  9. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Heard a blurb on the PBS version of “news” whilst flipping channels that the volcanic eruption from Iceland will halt global warming…..temporarily…but it will halt it.


    • mr_bill says:

      I was wondering how the libs were going to spin that pesky little fact.

      Its unanimously accepted (even among warmers) that volcanic eruptions of this type cause a cooling trend, which, when compounded with the longer term trend of the last 10-12 years of cooling (by their own numbers) will completely undermine their “science.” The warmers will have to work twice as hard to cook the numbers, yet not a word in the MSM about the cooling effects of this eruption, only personal interest pieces on how Aunt Shelly and Uncle Dwight won’t be able to visit Norway for the tulip blooming season because their flight is cancelled.

      Actually, I wouldn’t be suprised to see a story from the AP on how the eruption has unexpectedly accelerated glo-bull warming instead of having the cooling effect that every sane scientist predicted. They will then proceed to explain how up is down, blue is red, and why we need a tax to fix it.

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