June 2016 Update: ‘The Pause still refuses to go away’ – 18 years 8 months – No warming since Nov. 1997

Via: https://kenskingdom.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/the-pause-update-june-2016/

The Pause Update: June 2016

The complete UAH v6.0 data for June were released yesterday.  I present all the graphs for various regions, and as well summaries for easier comparison.  The Pause still refuses to go away, despite all expectations.

These graphs show the furthest back one can go to show a zero or negative trend (less than 0.1 +/-0.1C per 100 years) in lower tropospheric temperatures. I calculate 12 month running means to remove the small possibility of seasonal autocorrelation in the monthly anomalies. Note: The satellite record commences in December 1978- now 37 years and 7 months long- 451 months. 12 month running means commence in November 1979. The y-axes in the graphs below are at December 1978, so the vertical gridlines denote Decembers. The final plotted points are June 2016.



pause jun16 globe

The 12 month mean to June 2016 remains at +0.46C and should stay at about this value for the next two months.  If so, The Pause, (now 1 month shorter), will continue to be an embarrassing reality! However, it may end soon after with a small positive trend.

And, for the special benefit of those who think that I am deliberately fudging data by using 12 month running means, here is the plot of monthly anomalies, which shows that The Pause is over by my rather strict criterion:

pause jun16 globe mthly

+0.3C/100 years since December 1997- not exactly alarming.  The Pause will return sooner with monthly anomalies than 12 month means of course.

Northern Hemisphere:

pause jun16 NH

The Northern Hemisphere Pause has ended as expected.  Note the not very alarming warming of 0.21 +/- 0.1C per 100 years for half the record compared with 1.37C for the whole period.

Southern Hemisphere:

pause jun16 SH

The Pause has shortened by 2 months.  For well over half the record the Southern Hemisphere has zero trend.


pause jun16 tropics

The Pause has shortened by another 3 months with the El Nino influence, but is still over half the record.

Tropical Oceans:

pause jun16 tropic oceans

The Pause has shortened by another 2 years- the El Nino now having a strong effect on the 12 month means.

Northern Extra Tropics:

pause jun16 NH ExtT

The Pause by this criterion has ended in this region, however note that the slope since 1998 is +0.29 +/- 0.1C per 100 years compared with +1.59C for the whole period.  That’s still embarassingly slow warming.

Southern Extra Tropics:

pause jun16 SH ExtT

The Pause has lengthened by another month.

Northern Polar:

pause jun16 NP

The Pause has decreased by 1 month.

Southern Polar:

pause jun16 SP

The South Polar region has been cooling for the entire record.

USA 49 States:

pause jun16 USA49

No change.


pause jun16 Oz

The Australian Pause has not changed.

The next graphs summarise the above plots. First, a graph of the relative length of The Pause in the various regions:

Pause length jun 16

Note that the Pause has ended by my criteria in the Northern Extra Tropics and the Northern Hemisphere, but apart from the North Polar region, all other regions have a Pause of 18 years 8 months or longer- well over half the record, including the South Polar region which has been cooling for the whole record.

The variation in the linear trend for the whole record, 1978 to the present:

Trends 1978 jun 16

Note the decrease in trends from North Polar to South Polar.

And the variation in the linear trend since June 1998, which is about halfway between the global low point of December 1997 and the peak in December 1998:

Trends 1998 jun 16

The only region to show strong warming for this period (18 years 1 month) is the North Polar region: the Northern Extra Tropics, Tropics, and the Northern Hemisphere have very mild warming but all other regions (including the Globe as a whole and all of the Southern Hemisphere) are Paused or cooling. The imbalance between the two hemispheres is obvious. The lower troposphere over Australia has been strongly cooling for more than 18 years.

12 month means will continue to grow in some regions for the next few months, so the Pause as here defined may end in some regions shortly (probably North Polar, Tropics, and Tropical Oceans), and may not reappear until early 2018.  The impact of the coming La Nina will be worth watching.  Unless temperatures reset at a new, higher level and continue rising, very low trends will remain.