A great and substantive post up at Skeptical Science on La Nina and what we should expect (and not expect) in terms of its impact on global temperatures.
La Ninas typically redistribute the global heat budget in such a way as average surface temperatures are depressed from where they might otherwise have been, and we are several months into a strong one now.
Be on the lookout for lots more "global warming stopped!" bull.
Bring on the nonsense! Better to inoculate people who follow this once in a while. If they had brains they'd only bust out the easily-debunkable stuff at critical junctures (votes, etc).
Thanks Coby. I've bookmarked this for those pending occasions where I now get the chance to post,
"Not quite, you're wrong, here's why: http://scienceblogs.com/illconsidered/2010/11/la_nina_cannot_erase_deca… "
And when they respond with "Blah, blah, blah, nah, nahhhhhh..." I get to post the longer and more detailed Skeptical Science version, too.
If global warming's stopped, I'd hate to see what these pics would look like if it kept going.
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/2010vs2005+1998.pdf (2010 Jan- Oct hottest ever)
out of regular net access, so comments will be sparse. la nina is the thing storing atmospheric heat to the ocean, right?