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Old 04-27-2014, 10:45 AM   #370
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Let's go a bit further with the El Nino explanation.

The counterpart to an El Nino is La Nina, which will drive a decrease in temperatures and thereby counteract the El Nino increases in temperatures.

So, let's assume that the graph you provided is correct. If so, then that would imply that the La Ninas that have occurred subsequent to the late 1990's timeframe were ineffective in driving the temperature back down. That would imply that something else was happening to prevent the normal La Nina outcome. The best explanation I can come up with for that "something else" would be run-away global warming.

Now I'm not saying I believe the above paragraph, because I started with an assumption that is incorrect. But IF that assumption was correct (which is what your "El Nino did it" explanation implies) then the global warming problem would be even worse than I thought.
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