Sea Levels Dropped in 2010

25 Aug 11 – “Sea Levels Dropped in 2010.” That’s what the headline should have read. Instead, NASA tried to hide this startling information under the nondescript headline “NASA Satellites Detect Pothole On Road to Higher Seas.”

The story begins as yet another global warming horror story, explaining how “ocean waters expand as they warm. This, along with melting glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, drives sea levels higher over the long term.”

Global sea level drops 5mm in 2010

Red line shows increase in global sea level since the early 1990s. Sea level has risen by a little more than an inch each decade, or about 3 mm per year. The recent drop of nearly one quarter inch (½ cm), is attributable to the switch from El Niño to La Niña. (Credit: S. Nerem, University of Colorado)

While the rise of the global ocean has been remarkably steady for most of the last 18 years, the article continues, (undoubtedly due to global warming caused by we nasty humans, of course) “every once in a while, sea level rise hits a speed bump. This past year, it’s been more like a pothole: between last summer and this one, global sea level actually fell by about a quarter of an inch, or half a centimeter.”

They kind of snuck that in there, didn’t they? Sea levels actually fell!

So what does it mean? “You can blame it on the cycle of El Niño and La Niña in the Pacific,” explains climate scientist Josh Willis of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California.

One of the strongest La Niñas in recent memory “changed rainfall patterns all across the globe, bringing massive floods to places like Australia and the Amazon basin, and drought to the southern United States.” This extra rain piled onto the continents in the early parts of 2011.

Uh huh. Rising sea levels are caused by humans. But falling sea levels are caused by natural forces.

Where did that extra water come from? “You guessed it–the ocean. Each year, huge amounts of water are evaporated from the ocean. While most of it falls right back into the ocean as rain, some of it falls over land.”

“This year, the continents got an extra dose of rain, so much so that global sea levels actually fell over most of the last year,” says Carmen Boening, a JPL oceanographer and climate scientist. But for those who might argue that these data show us entering a long-term period of decline in global sea level, Willis cautions that sea level drops such as this one cannot last, and over the long-run, the trend remains solidly up. Water flows downhill, and the extra rain will eventually find its way back to the sea. When it does, global sea level will rise again.”

Maybe. But what if that precipitation remains locked up on land as ice? Look at the record snowfall throughout the Western United States this past winter. That’s how ice ages begin. If that sort of snowfall persists, sea levels will continue falling and won’t rise again until the end of the next ice age.

“We’re heating up the planet, and in the end that means more sea level rise,” says Willis. “But El Niño and La Niña always take us on a rainfall rollercoaster, and in years like this they give us sea-level whiplash.”

As far as I’m concerned this article is totally biased toward global warming, not something one likes to see coming from NASA.

It is a disgrace when NASA, NOAA and other government agencies deliberately deceive the public for whom they work.

See entire NASA article:
Thanks to Steven Woodcock and David Ryan for this link

See also, Sea level continues inexorable decline:

For more information on NASA’s sea level monitoring satellites, visit: , , and .

“Water runs off land into rivers fairly quickly,” says David.  “This results in floods, which we have seen on the Mississippi, so this is plausible.  However, in a few weeks, this runs off into the oceans.

“It does not make sense that rivers or aquifers could absorb and hold that much water for a whole year.  That leave only one place that much water could have gone for so long: ICE.

“Could this, contrary to scientist Willis’s opinion, be the first hint of a coming glacial period?   (I know better than to call it an “ice age” since the nomenclature holds that we are in the interglacial of an ongoing ice age.)

I think David is seeing clearly.


18 thoughts on “Sea Levels Dropped in 2010”

  1. Robert,
    Glad to have you back up and posting.
    Re the water returning to the sea, I wonder how much past sea rise has been due to man’s destruction of the organic matter in our our soils world wide. Add into that the land paved over for streets, roads, parking lots, driveways, tennis courts, etc. We do know that the organic matter in soil in the US and other parts of the world has been cut in half in many places. The ability of organic mater to hold is large and it could just be due a major factor in past sea rise. I had not thought much about this in the past, but it is worth considering. Someone could actually calculate this effect.

  2. Robert,

    Correct me if I am wrong, it has been a long long time since we had any front page news about the “sinking nations of the South Pacific”. Nor have we had any alarming news about the shrinking of the glaciers. I have not read any new data about data global warming. A graph does not make an argument.

    Here in Australia our government is trying to force a very costly carbon tax on all Australians. This current government has not been given the mandate to institute such ill thought out plans. I have yet to meet an Australian who believes in Global warming, despite Australia living through the hottest summer in living memory. I believe that the Australian people will throw out our current government in the next federal election.

    I also suspect that the pro global cooling message is now starting to roll out. Just wait and see how the global warming pundits stand after this next winter in the northern hemisphere.

    Love your blog.

    • I just hope that we can throw out the current government before they can do irreparably damage to our economy with the “Carbon Tax”. All this to combat something that doesn’t exist when we should be preparing for MORE energy expenditure, with access to resources which this government would deprive us of!!

  3. With so many cycles interacting on the planets climate system, it seems imperative that any observation (eg sea level rise and fall) should be seen in the context of such cycles. Even if extreme La Nina or El Nino effects can explain such ‘potholes’, what caused the said extreme?
    The current relatively inactive Sun cycle perhaps?
    I would like to see Robert’s cycles as described in his writings, set up in a composite graph on this site, so that we can easily reference events on the planet with those events affecting the planet

  4. La Nina may have caused the massive heat and drought we have experienced this summer, but I think that in the overall picture, we must consider the PDO as a present climate driver. You never hear these “experts” commenting on that. I think that when the temps start to drop around here (Texas) they will drop like a rock! This constant extreme osculation in weather patterns makes everything so unpredictable. One just sits back and asks, “What next?”

    Then too we must take into account the activity of the sun. By this time in a cycle one would expect to see sunspots by the score, not just two or three a day. Even NASA commented on that once. So what’s next? Even though its record-breaking hot here in Texas, I don’t think global warming has anything to do with it. Whether we like it or not, Mother Nature always does her thang!

  5. If last years snow pack is not melting as fast or even melting completely that may be a contributing factor to a drop in sea level. As always I will be watching Mnt Washington on Vancouver island to look for the developement of a permanent snow pack. Last I checked there were a few patches of snow on top of the mountain.

  6. “Sea Levels Dropped in 2010.”
    And I’m sure they did anything to ‘adjust’ the data. You know reality must conform to ideaology like everybody…

  7. I too am Australian, and think this carbon tax idea is just another scam for the govt. to make money at the expense of the people. The worst thing about it is that the government received their ‘climate change’ information from the UN!! The same lot involved in the climategate scandal!!

    I love your blog, Robert, and check it every day to see the REAL climate updates. I’ve always believed that it’s all just a part of one big cycle, and to find your site has been a blessing to know other people think the same way.
    I was really worried that something had happened to you when you weren’t updating your old site. Glad to have found your new one! Keep up the great work!

    P.S. It’s great to see other Aussies here too!

  8. This scam and misinformation by NOAA and NASA is clearly the greatest fraud ever in human history. They have lost all credibility with me (and most people) long time ago. Sea levels have been FALLING since at least the mid 1980’s – it’s been measured and documented pretty well in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean since that time, including many areas of the Southern Hemisphere. Water levels in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean are now so low that boats had to sail around them, according to a report in 2003. The island of Tuvalu in the Pacific has seen sea levels drop 2.5″ from 1992 thru 2000, according to a scientific report. In 2009 it was reported that sea levels are still FALLING there. In 2010, as we’ve just heard, global sea levels are down another 6mm. Each year we have increasing amounts of record breaking snowfall in winter, especially in the mountains where most glaciers are growing at high altitudes. That’s why sea levels are falling – 90 percent of all the ice is growing, most of which is confined to Antarctica. Forget NASA, NOAA and any of the news reporting in this country. They have a disgusting and sick agenda ! If any of these lies were correct what they are reporting, then my area in SC would long be under salt water. Instead, we have very low water levels here now at low tide – lower than what they used to be 20 years ago. Sea levels are falling and will likely continue falling as record breaking snowfall continues, resulting in increased glacial and ice growth on a global scale.

  9. Every time I see a NASA global warming pronouncement, I mourn for the lost greatness of the NASA I grew up with in the 1960’s.

  10. Information that’s been coming out recently, such as the CERN data that actually proves the sun’s dominant effect on climate (which anyone with a lick of common sense knows, already) is becoming “holy water” to the “Dracula” of manmade climate change nonsense. The climate alarmists are now busy trying to SHUT UP ALL SCIENTISTS that attempt to publish their summaries of the new data– just as the theocratic rulers did in the days of Galileo and Copernicus– by simply JAILING those they convicted of “heresy” because of the scientific discoveries that disproved the theocrats’ official dogma. Climate alarmists are no different than power-mad, pickpocketing medieval theocrats.

  11. Where did the water go ? Into ice maybe, they will never report that the ice sheets are growing. Or with the magnetic field strength slowly declining maybe the tectonic plates have raised and the sea level is the same. How is the sea level measured? Hopefully not from any land mass , as anyone who has felt an earthquake– they are not stable.

  12. Robert; Why has no one connected dropping sea levels to all the underwater vocanoes which are erupting, heating the oceans and evaporating water? Does this not always happen just prior to ice ages?

  13. Melt the ice caps, sea levels go up. Freeze the ocean water, sea levels go down. Now I know that is a really difficult concept for many of the Gore-gonians to understand, but that’s how it works.

    Soooooooooo, if the Sea Level has gone down is it more likely that the water went into a “pot hole,” or more likely that it was frozen at the poles, or fell on a mountain somewhere and was incorporated into a glacier?

    “This year, the continents got an extra dose of rain, so much so that global sea levels actually fell over most of the last year,” says Carmen Boening, a JPL oceanographer and climate scientist.”

    This part of the statement I agree with. However, ……..

    “But for those who might argue that these data show us entering a long-term period of decline in global sea level, Willis cautions that sea level drops such as this one cannot last, and over the long-run, the trend remains solidly up. Water flows downhill, and the extra rain will eventually find its way back to the sea. When it does, global sea level will rise again.”

    I say, B O L O G N A. If enough rain fell, as rain, upon the warm continents, to measurably decrease the level of the worlds oceans, we would all be wading in water 24/7/365. It is simply too great a volume of water to be explained as rain. Rain simply does not fall fast enough, over a broad enough area, or remain upon the land long enough to cause a drop in the level of the worlds oceans which could be measured … tell “Al” I said Nice Try!

    Yes, rain does find its way back to the oceans; and rather swiftly too. Too swift to cause a measurable drop in global sea levels.

    In order to cause a drop in sea level which is measurable, the missing water has to be bound up in a place, and/or form which will allow for a sufficient accumulation of missing water, over a sufficient period of time as to be measurable. The most plausible of these forms is ice, and the most plausible places are the Polar Caps and glaciers.

    Contrary to the “Gore-gonian Theory” of Global Warming causing melting ice caps and glaciers; most of the worlds glaciers are growing as are the ice packs at the Poles …

    Hmmmmm, I wonder where all of the missing sea water went…?

    May we be spared the ‘collective’ stupidity.

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