Expect this harsher winter pattern to continue for the next 20 or 30 years. So say the scientists, or some of them anyway. And what did we humans do to cause this? Nothing, it happened naturally as previously.
The UK Daily Mail has the story.
Among the most prominent of the scientists is Professor Mojib Latif, a leading member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has been pushing the issue of man-made global warming on to the international political agenda since it was formed 22 years ago.
Prof Latif, who leads a research team at the renowned Leibniz Institute at Germany’s Kiel University, has developed new methods for measuring ocean temperatures 3,000ft beneath the surface, where the cooling and warming cycles start.
He and his colleagues predicted the new cooling trend in a paper published in 2008 and warned of it again at an IPCC conference in Geneva last September.
Prof Latif went on to say the 20 years of warming we experienced was tied in large part to the oceans’ warming cycle, but the cycle has now flipped and the oceans are now in a cooling cycle. These cycles, according to Prof Latif, last 20 to 30 years and are called multi-decadal ocillations (MDOs). And these MDOs coincide quite nicely with the 20th century’s climate cycles.
Prof Anastasios Tsonis, head of the University of Wisconsin Atmospheric Sciences Group, has recently shown that these MDOs move together in a synchronised way across the globe, abruptly flipping the world’s climate from a ‘warm mode’ to a ‘cold mode’ and back again in 20 to 30-year cycles.
‘They amount to massive rearrangements in the dominant patterns of the weather,’ he said yesterday, ‘and their shifts explain all the major changes in world temperatures during the 20th and 21st Centuries.
‘We have such a change now and can therefore expect 20 or 30 years of cooler temperatures.’
Upon reading the UK Daily Mail article, Wesley J Smith said “Oh, Al Gore isn’t going to like this.” I suggest those in the “settled science” clan aren’t going to like this.