Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer: 'Then we have scientists out there claiming silly things, like the satellites measure temperatures at atmospheric altitudes where people don’t live anyway, so we should ignore them. Oh, really? Would those same scientists also claim we should ignore the ocean heat content measurements — also where nobody lives — even though that is supposedly the most important piece of evidence that heat is accumulating in the climate system?'
Slate Mag's Eric Holthaus: 'Climate change and El Niño have pushed water temperatures in the Atlantic to near record highs right now, which could offer something similar to the boost a landfalling hurricane sometimes gets when traversing the Gulf Stream—a rapidly strengthening storm, though with snow instead of rain. That means the most remarkable thing about this week’s snowstorm is the sheer amount of water that will be available to be turned into snowflakes.'
National Geographic claimed that as “warming is expected to increase, it will likely bring more sharks farther north and entice more people to get into the water, which will lead to more bites.” The news outlet noted earlier on in its article that “[m]ost shark attacks in North Carolina happen when the water reaches about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius)” and that the “warmer weather has also brought more people to the state’s beaches and entices them to take a dip to cool off.”
'Is there any reason that warming in recent decades has not been caused by the same natural factors, which caused the earlier warming?' - 'CO2 and other GHG simply cannot make any measurable difference to sea temperatures, given the massive heat capacity of the oceans.'