Sea temperatures around Japan hit record high

Sep 10, 2010
Locals are seen running into the sea for a swim in Ibusuki city, southern Kyushu island. Japan, which has just endured its hottest summer on record, said Friday it had also last month recorded the warmest sea temperatures since it started gathering comparable data 25 years ago.

Japan, which has just endured its hottest summer on record, said Friday it had also last month recorded the warmest sea temperatures since it started gathering comparable data 25 years ago.

Ocean surface temperatures in much of the archipelago's and Sea of Japan waters reached more than 25 degrees centigrade (77 degrees Fahrenheit) in August, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The average sea temperature was the hottest recorded since 1985 when the agency started a new measuring system, and was also a record 1.2 degrees centigrade above the average for the 1971-2000 period.

"When examining the earlier data also, I would say is one of the factors behind the warmest recorded sea waters," said an agency official.

Scientists warn that the caused by heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere is raising , melting the planet's ice caps and triggering more severe weather events such as storms and floods.

Japan this year experienced its hottest summer since records began in 1898, with thousands of people taken to hospital with heatstroke. The average temperature for June to August was 1.64 degrees centigrade above average.

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omatumr
2 / 5 (4) Sep 11, 2010
Interesting story.

Since at the start of fall some spot in the Northern Hemisphere has probably "just endured its hottest summer on record", is it just a matter of "cherry picking" data to write a news story on that particular spot?

Maybe Al Gore or the UN's IPCC or the President of the NAS could respond.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo

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