As I look at that chart, there’s not a lot of ‘excess heat’ showing. There is about the same area of +1.5 green as there is -1.5 blue. There are a couple of very small barely yellow hot spots, but also some very cold magenta fringing around the continents where it looks to me like a cold rain is washing into the sea.
Here’s a mid March 2005 from the archives at unisys.com:
Looks like less blue to me. We’ve been cooling off for at least 6 years.
So, pretty simple: We’re supposed to be into this whole “Global Warming” thing by about 100 years now. The whole darned industrial revolution and from the 1970’s to date of exceptional growth and development. Supposedly CO2 is running rampant and cooking the globe with “accumulated heat”. OK, where is it? I don’t see it in the graph.
Looks to me like the “hot ocean” of a few years ago has dumped that excess heat and is well on its way to becoming a cold blue ocean. If anyone knows of some “old charts” for comparison, that would be interesting… The oldest I’ve got is this 16 Oct 2010 graph, but we were already into the cooling process by then. This is from a different month, so less directly comparable:
There are some of the old “angry yellow / orange” blobs, and we had that new “way cold” purple dagger into the heart of the Pacific. Looks like it’s spread out and done it’s thing, cooling the oceans globally.
But where has all the yellow gone? Hmmm?
Live version of the same chart for watching it change over time:
I did find this video, but it has a slightly differernt “modification history” so isn’t directly comparable. Still, it shows a lot of heat, then it starts to fade… I believe the top chart is sea level height while the bottom chart is temperature anomalies. It runs from 1993 to 2009. It looks to me like we’ve continued to cool from there.
UPDATE: 31 Mar 2011 – Added historical charts from NOAA
With a h/t to “Anything is possible” in https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/wheres-the-heat/#comment-15550
a NOAA March 1997 vs NOAA March 2011 graph ( 3/1997 is the oldest March I could find):
That was then. Notice in particular the bright orange “snow”… and for Now (notice that the alignment to continents has shifted…):
Now, at least, they are making the snow white… Much colder around Antarctica and the heart of the Pacifc, North to Alaska, and with a warmer “Mid Atlantic” and around Australia. But March 1998 is nice too:
So I’m still not seeing all that decade+ of “heat build up” we’re supposed to be having… Clearly something is able to easily just walk right over CO2 and nail it to the snow…