Sea Levels Dropping On East Coast


TN Note: Not a single prediction in Al Gore’s junk-science movie, An Inconvenient Truth, has come to fruition over the last 10 years, including rising sea levels what were supposed to inundate coastal cities everywhere. Alas, bad science is bad science regardless of who tries to dress it up as real science. 

Hopefully everybody remember Sallenger’s “hot spots” of sea level acceleration along the East Coast of the US.

Asbury H. Sallenger Jr, Kara S. Doran & Peter A. Howd, Hotspot of accelerated sea-level rise on the Atlantic coast of North America, Nature Climate Change 2, 884–888 (2012), doi:10.1038/nclimate1597

This was one of the many examples of bad science misinterpreting the sea level oscillations by cherry picking the time window.

As 6 more years of data have been collected, let see if the hotspots are now the “hottest on record” or if they have cooled down.

The logic of Sallenger & co. was based on the comparison of the rate of rise of sea levels over the first and second half of time windows of 60, 50 and 40 years, i.e. the comparison of the rate of rise over the first and the last 30, 25 and 20 years respectively of these 60, 50 and 40 years windows.

This did not make any sense to me, as if you do have sinusoidal oscillations of periodicity 60 years, positive and negative phases of 30 years, and you select the end of the time widows at the end of one positive phase, this way you will always have “positive acceleration” even if there is none, and everybody knew about periods and phasing of the natural oscillations.

The logic was clearly flawed, but obviously Nature did not accepted any comment. The science is settled, and can’t be discussed.

So, let see the data, for example for Washington DC and The Battery NY, to check if the hotspots have produced huge sea level rises since December 2009.

The figure below presents the MSL (monthly average mean sea levels) and the SLR computed with 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years’ time windows for Washington DC and The Battery NY.

Is there any one able to spot any sign or acceleration or simply oscillations? With the data up to December 2009 and with the data up to April 2016, not a chance. There are only oscillations about same longer term trend.

Which is then the novelty of the last 6 years of data? Since December 2009, the sea levels have declined in both Washington DC and The Battery NY, -3.3 mm/year in Washington DC and -10.7 mm/year in The Battery NY.

It seems that immediately after December 2009, the last month of data considered by Sallenger & co. in their June 2012 paper, corrected online June 2013 with the publishing in the supplementary of the actual numbers, a positive phase of the oscillations has been replaced by a negative phase.

See the story and charts here…

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Al Gore, still things seaside property is a good buy based on his personal real estate portfolio. What an openly visible hypocrite he is, and what a tragedy he isn’t being indicted for fraud against the U.S.Govt (The People), and other sovereign nations.


A few of my thoughts on “Climate Change” here: Has quasi-humorous(?) summary.


Tito Hernandez Pinto

We have the solution to the rising level of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and Florida.
For example the Mediterranean Sea

Patrick Wood

So, you are proposing to spend billions for a solution to rising sea levels when, in fact, the seas is not rising but rather declining? How does this make sense?