Global sea temperatures continue to plunge

Wave goodbye to El Niño, say hello to La Niña and widespread cooling, as Dr Roy Spencer reports:

Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) measured by the AMSR-E instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite continue their plunge as a predicted La Nina approaches. The following plot, updated through yesterday (June 17, 2010) shows that the cooling in the Nino34 region in the tropical east Pacific is well ahead of the cooling in the global average SST, something we did not see during the 2007-08 La Nina event:

And Dr Spencer’s conclusion is timely:

At this pace of cooling, I suspect that the second half of 2010 could ruin the chances of getting a record high global temperature for this year. Oh, darn.

Read it here.

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