dopey, or doped up … not the sharks

Breathless scientologists at Your ABC and The West Australian newspapers and other ideological ‘news’ outlets, are reporting an ocean ‘heatwave’ where sea temperatures are up to about 5C above average. I don’t know what drugs they are on, but we corrected their absurd sea level claims earlier this month.

They blame high temperature for the prevalence of sharks along WA beaches this year.

Bob Tisdale shows a chart with a slightly warmer area in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but not a lot more than a 1-1.5C anomaly.

November 2012 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies Map

(Global SST Anomaly = +0.243 deg C). Check out and compare the 2009 anomaly map at the bottom.

It was reported in a lot of places, not just ‘The West':

[...] The heatwave, first documented during the summer of 2010-11, resulted in water temperatures rising up to 5C above normal along the west coast, particularly off the Gascoyne and Mid West.

Water temperatures hit almost 30C off some parts of the Mid West, while near Augusta in the South West they were up to 24C.

Senior WA marine scientists Alan Pearce and Ming Feng, in a Journal of Marine Systems article published this year, said the event was “unprecedented” [...]

  1. News for ocean heat wave

    1. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks

      Yahoo!7 News ‎- 1 day ago
      The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate
  2. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks – ABC News (Australian

    1 day ago – Scientists say a marine heatwave off the WA coast between 2010 and 2011 could be responsible for increased shark activity. Ocean

  3. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks / General News

    http://www.efarming.com.au/…/wa-ocean-heatwave-linked-to-shark-attacks…

    1 day ago – The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate

  4. Ocean heatwave hits WA waters bringing new fish

    au.news.yahoo.com/…/ocean-heatwave-hits-wa-waters-bringing-new-…

    7 Dec 2012 – Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) say there are clear signs an ocean heatwave along the mid-west coast has

  5. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks – Topsy

    topsy.com/www.abc.net.au/news/…ocean-heatwave…/4441672

    1 day ago – The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate

  6. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks – HOTheadlines

    1 day ago – The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate

  7. Ocean heatwave hits Western Australia – Redmap

    http://www.redmap.org.au/news/…/ocean-heatwave-hits-western-australia/

    10 Dec 2012 – (Image credit: Graham Edgar). Marine biologists in Western Australia have revealed that the ocean has recorded its highest ever temperatures.

    Looks as though UWA are involved, someone got a bit too close to Lewpaper maybe?

    As I said, what heatwave?:

    (12) Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies

    (60S to 30N, 20E to 120E)

    Monthly Change = -0.036 deg C

    The Southern Ocean is colder:

    (14) Southern Ocean Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies

    (90S-60S)

    Monthly Change = -0.056 deg C

    Globally?

    Global Sea Surface Temperature anomalies cooled a little (-0.02 deg C) in November, with both hemispheres cooling. The South Atlantic and both the North and South Pacific were the only basins that warmed in November. The monthly Global Sea Surface Temperature anomalies are presently at +0.243 deg C.

    (1) Global Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

    Monthly Change = -0.022 deg C

    So where is that 5C warming then?

    Three years ago we had an El Nino:

    http://i48.tinypic.com/23hm5w3.png
    Figure 3 – Global SST Anomaly Map

    SOURCE

    OI.v2 SST anomaly data is available through the NOAA NOMADS webpage:
    http://nomad3.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/pdisp_sst.sh?lite=

    UPDATE: Oh, look here, they have loads of cash to spend, is that why the scaremongering started:

    UWA scientists welcome State funding for more shark research

    Thursday, 27 September 2012

    Researchers at The University of Western Australia today welcomed the State Government announcement of $6.85m over four years for shark mitigation education and research, and the opportunity to work more closely with other organisations on the issue.

    Someone ought to tell them:

    Leeuwin Current – The Marine Climate Change – Impacts and

    www.oceanclimatechange.org.au/content/index…/leeuwin_current

    Coastal water temperatures are monitored along the Western Australian coastline by heat wave event off the WA coast (centred on the Gascoyne and mid-west may occur more often in the future with the rising trend of ocean temperature.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc.
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