[QUOTE=Captain Bill;1816122]My degree is in Marine
Science(combination of Oceanography and Marine
Biology) and over the last 45 years or so since I took my first oceanography class in high school
the ocean has definitely gotten warmer. When I was in high school
we felt extremely happy when in August the ocean water
temperatures at the beach in New England
reached 60 F, now I sail the coast of Maine
in water temperatures of 68-74 F. ~~~
Yep - same thing here ...
- Northumberland Straight is warmer in summer nowdays than the water in Virginia Beach. The Straight used to be frozen well into the summer (before my time). But, the water farther out in the Atlantic is colder than it used to be(I have been out there and its COLD !). The change in the ocean current
speeds and their direction are causing temp differences (emphasis on "differences" here) - these differences are the ones between different places in the Atlantic not only "differences from past times). Because of the slowing down of north flowing (gulfstream) water - Northumberland Straight is tending to keep its sun-warmed water longer (its not being drawn out by the currents as fast) so it IS warmer in summer than it used to be - thats probably the same reason why the waters off Maine
are warmer. Less warm water is being pulled from the Caribbean
due to the current
One thing for sure is you have to have your GLOBAL brain working not your LOCAL one to look at the whole picture of this so-called GLOBAL WARMING. Simply because it has the word Global in it I guess some people think that climate must have to be warming everywhere at the same time. Thats where a lot of misunderstanding between us "guessers" happens. We also have to be aware of changes in water temp at different depths - this is a very complicated "system" and there are many ways to become "distracted" and make the wrong assumption because of the complicated interactions between all the components.
I would NOT listen to climate change facts from any politician - why would I when I can get it directly from the scientists myself and I can continue to witness what is happening in the north by cruising in Labrador waters.
Thas my 5 cents worth - or you could say "my guesses". Too bad we won't all be around to see what FINALLY comes of all the "guesses" - OR maybe we will all be better off as just more molecules feeding the currents or what is left of them.