Friday, August 21, 2009

Seems like a mild summer, but ocean temps hit record high

In Los Angeles, where Pound360 is headquartered, it seems like a pretty mild summer. In fact, it seems like it's been a mild, wet year across the country. So global warming is a hoax and we can go back to feeling great about driving SUVs, drinking out of Styrofoam cups?

Not yet.

"July was the hottest the world's oceans have been in almost 130 years of record-keeping." (
AP) That's a really bad sign. Since the oceans take longer to heat up, "breaking heat records in water is more ominous as a sign of global warming than breaking temperature marks on land."

Warmer oceans threaten the ice caps (temps are up 10 degrees in the Arctic), coral reefs (which you may not care about now,
but you may care about if you get pancreatic cancer) and may spark more powerful hurricanes.

But
2009 has been such a quiet hurricane season, right? Yes, but hurricanes need more than warm water to get started, they require "specific air conditions" as well. And this year's El Nino has pushed the jet stream southward, disrupting hurricane formation.

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