March Air and Sea Temps

The Pause that Refreshes!

The recent El Nino is cooling down as shown clearly in both sea surface temperatures and lower troposphere air temperatures. The two relevant data sets are UAH v.6 and HadSST v3.1, both now providing averages for the month of March 2017.

The cooling pattern continues in the tropical seas while ocean temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) are  flat.  Southern Hemisphere (SH) oceans appear to be peaking and pulled the Global SST up a bit, but both are slightly below last March.

Air temperatures in the lower troposphere tell much the same story.  The greater volatility of air temperatures is evident, and we also see that the tropics (20N to 20S) and the NH (0 to 90N) are more closely aligned than are the comparable SSTs.  The downward trajectory of air temps is clear after an upward blip in the NH in February.

Enjoy the pause in warmer temperatures while we watch to see how cool it will get.


  1. Climatism · April 4, 2017

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Enjoy the pause in warmer temperatures while we watch to see how cool it will get.”

    The inconvenient global warming “pause/hiatus” now nearing 20 years, despite record plant food (CO2) emissions over the same period. Ouch.

    Liked by 1 person

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  3. Myron Mesecke · April 7, 2017

    I respectfully suggest that using such a light color as cyan for a data line on a graph is difficult to see. Some medium shade of green would be easier to discern.


    • Ron Clutz · April 7, 2017

      Thanks for the feedback Myron. I will do better next time.


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