Graphs of the heat content of oceans from around the world show that about 80% of the ocean water is cooling. The ocean water in the arctic is one of the areas in which the water is cooling. As the oceans cool, the great store of heat energy they hold is depleating. Chris, this is the answer you have been seeking. With the Sun decreasing in strength, there is an impact and it is measurable and it is producing a real world effect. Ocean Heat Content: Dropping again « Watts Up With That? <snip> Ocean Heat Content: Dropping again 9 10 2009 I found Bob’s Arctic Ocean Heat Content graph quite interesting as it may explain why we are seeing a recovery in sea ice for the last two years. It also reminds me a lot of the graph seen of the Barents Sea water temperature plotted against the AMO which WUWT recently covered here <snip> New paper: Barents Sea Temperature correlated to the AMO as much as 4Â°C – potential for sea ice effect « Watts Up With That?