Trade Winds Sped Up, Sending Most Global Heat Into Oceans says a new study, report Oliver Milman at the UK Guardian, explaining how the so-called “pause” is only seen in surface air temperatures, which currently absorb only 2% of all that heat. That heat continues to accumulate rapidly, about 4 Hiroshima bomb explosions’ worth per second. (Yeah, we’re packing in a lot of heat fast!)
As the trade winds sped up, so did the global ocean current conveyer belts they drive – so the belts pull the heat down faster into the ocean and exposed displaced, deep cold water faster, speeding up oceanic heat absorption. Judging from past cyclic behavior, the trade winds will slow down, likely within the next decade or so, and when they do, watch the surface temperatures zoom up!
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