The latest from James Hansen is just fascinating

Southern Ocean
surface cooling, while lower latitudes are warming, increases
precipitation on the Southern Ocean, increasing ocean stratification,
slowing deepwater formation, and increasing ice
sheet mass loss.

Increased precipitation on the Southern Ocean is also known as the snow/ice pack on Antarctica getting deeper/higher.

And no, the paper does not consider this.

13 thoughts on “The latest from James Hansen is just fascinating”

  1. “while lower latitudes are warming”

    I thought AGW was supposed to warm HIGHER latitudes more, according to the warmists?

    But that’s forgotten as soon as it becomes inconvenient, of course.

  2. @Andrew Duffin,

    The “polar amplification effect”. Which exists soley in the computer models and is no longer mentioned as incoweeenient.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Epicycles upon epicycles upon epicycles.

    We simply do not know enough to make confident predictions.

  4. My understanding of the Antarctic weather patterns is that in general the continent is very dry. If more snow is falling in the same areas that already get enough water one would think it wouldn’t make much of a difference.

    The author should have taken the time to clarify why continental precipitation isn’t a factor and we could all be happy*.

    *waits for people to be unhappy about being happy.

  5. The caption to figure 18 in the paper explains “… Precipitation: increased freshwater flux cools ocean mixed layer, increases sea ice area, causing precipitation to fall before it reaches Antarctica, reducing ice sheet growth and increasing ocean surface freshening…”

  6. SJW,

    Thank you for finding that tidbit I missed. The global sky is failing debate is rarely fair and balanced so when an article does include a key point it is shocking. I blame decreased atmospheric carbon dioxide for the reduced cognitive functions.

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