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Sea Level Rise At Norfolk, Va

February 3, 2017

By Paul Homewood




From Voice of America News:



A nondescript metal box at the end of an unremarkable pier in Norfolk, Va. is one key to why the U.S. Navy is concerned about climate change.

For nine decades, the Sewells Point tide gauge or its ancestors have been recording the sea level off Pier 6 at Naval Station Norfolk.

The story it tells is clear. Between naturally sinking land and global warming driven sea level rise, the water is a half-meter higher than it was at the beginning of the last century.

That’s creating problems at the world’s largest naval base.


Unfortunately the article forgets to tell us exactly how much of the sea level rise is due to naturally sinking land.

Fortunately we have this study by John Boon et al, which estimates the figure to be 2.72mm/yr, ie 60% of the total sea level rise at Sewell Point (SWPT).






They also include this table showing that the rate of sea level rise was virtually the same before 1975 as after.




Something that can also be readily seen on the full NOAA graph of sea level rise since 1927:




Boon et al also explain why the land at Sewell Point is sinking so fast. The whole of Chesapeake Bay is the site of an old comet or meteor impact crater approximately 35 million years old. The land is still settling there, and this effect is added to the general sinking of the US East Coast since the end of the ice age.


Excluding land subsidence, the Absolute Level of Sea Level (ASL) is 1.8mm/yr, consistent with global rise over the last century. This rate of rise is not accelerating, and is the perfectly natural consequence of the rebound from the Little Ice Age.



VOA News has this profile of the author, Steve Baragona:




Perhaps he should concentrate on molecular biology in future!

  1. martinbrumby permalink
    February 3, 2017 12:06 pm

    He might think it is “more fun” to wilfully report fake news, than to report the facts. I think it is (at best) irresponsible.
    But perhaps that’s what they taught him in his ‘Journalism’ course.

    • Tom O permalink
      February 3, 2017 12:33 pm

      I must have missed something in this report. I thought it implied that sea rise hadn’t changed over the last 100 years. If that is “fake news,” then I guess he did report fake news. On the other hand, I thought that was a fact, reported by dozens of scientists that don’t drink koolaid. I’m interested in your “dealer” as it sounds like the stuff you smoke must be pretty good.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        February 3, 2017 1:09 pm

        I think I’ve missed something in your reply, Tom O!

        Baragona’s article is a sob story from the US military about how climate change is making their job harder using the Norfolk naval base as a peg to hang it on.

        It has been well-known for as long as I can remember that at least a part of the problem they face is that the land is sinking, which is what made it an excellent deep-water facility in the first place. For as long as the land keeps on sinking those facilities are going to have to be renewed to keep pace.

        There is zero evidence that sea level is rising more than it has been doing pretty consistently for at least the last century which, given all the other indicators that climate science tries to argue are causing global warming, is pretty conclusive evidence that mankind is not responsible for this phenomenon. Baragona could have done us all a favour by pointing out that inconvenient fact.

        If the USN need money to upgrade Norfolk Naval Station then I am sure Trump will be happy to have SecDef include it in next year’s capital budget. If they are looking for their share of the climate trough, on the other hand, they can go whistle.

      • Tim Hammond permalink
        February 3, 2017 2:47 pm

        “Between naturally sinking land and global warming driven sea level rise, the water is a half-meter higher than it was at the beginning of the last century.”

        The article implies that the sea level rise that is not due to subsidence in the last 100 years is due to global warming.

        So yes, you did miss it.

      • Tom O permalink
        February 3, 2017 6:45 pm

        Ooops. I blew that one by skimming instead of reading. I’ve got to be more careful.

  2. CheshireRed permalink
    February 3, 2017 12:46 pm

    If sea levels really had risen by half a meter since 1900 I suspect the world would’ve noticed. Let’s cut to the chase; such a global rise hasn’t happened.

  3. February 3, 2017 12:55 pm

    The fact he “graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in journalism in 2002” is all you need to know.

    That schools was known as “The Berkeley of the East” when I went there in 1966 and had further gone down the drain when I went back in 1981. However, the botany department was an island unto itself. By the early 1990’s the powers-that-be had managed to break it up and bring it into conformity.

    UNC, Chapel Hill is now gleefully jumping into the abyss of total nuttiness and irrelevance. However, the Journalism School at UNC was already at the bottom waiting for the rest to follow and bring more shovels.

  4. February 3, 2017 1:25 pm

    Nothing in nature is static, and something with vast inertia is never to change rapidly, global average sea-level is either rising gently or falling gently, the latter would be truly scary, signifying a cooling world, so gently rising sea-level is a sign of good health.

  5. Broadlands permalink
    February 3, 2017 1:35 pm

    Maybe Steve should read up on other locations where the “climate change” is due to sinking land… Bangladesh.

  6. bea permalink
    February 3, 2017 3:48 pm

    I just read the following on some newsy thing:

    “Senate Republicans again on Thursday suspended rules to advance Trump EPA pick climate change denier Scott Pruitt to the full Senate.”

    In the words of Lewis Carroll:

    “And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
    He chortled in his joy.”

    • catcracking permalink
      February 6, 2017 6:54 pm

      That’s what happens when the Democratic Senators fail to show up just like they have for the last 8 years to protect the USA from Islamic terrorists, no jobs, poor economy, Obamacare, and excessive regulation. Somebody has to pick up the slack.

  7. Athelstan permalink
    February 3, 2017 3:57 pm

    As Mike says above, quite clearly the Sewells Point tide gauge is a vital instrument for the US Navy, I don’t know the tidal range of that particular part of the Atlantic seaboard in and around Chesapeake but sure as shit the US Navy does need to know – it’s a ships thing and gauge.

    I’ve come across this pillock before………The other thing on Baragona [un nom de plume?] he is a halfwit journalist cropping what was once a source of rich low hanging fruit – now not so much ahhhh dee dums and what a fekking shame that is.

    Baragona, he deems himself a clever little shit though is, a victim of his own vaulting estimations but not that brilliant when set against the rest…ah but with some preposterous hypothesized computations he ain’t the first – now is he?

    It’s a crap trick, measure SL on a sinking headland and then, shrieking, “we’re doomed I tell ye, Doomed!”…………………… but then so are; threatening mankind with melting Himalayan Glaciers and by as soon as next week, or that the Antarctic ice sheet will melt by next Thursday!!

    Specious school yard games, it that what they are now falling back to, it is desperate stuff from a perpetually lying and sordid liberal claque who have been found out [again – human nature it never changes as the seasons are wont to do]………. and Baragona is just a teansy weeny tiddler, not a great white.

  8. February 3, 2017 7:08 pm

    The meteor strike is known as the Chesapeake Bolide and has long been known to cause subsidence. We just have to remember it every now and then.

  9. February 3, 2017 7:11 pm

    Dave Burton is a pretty good source for sea level info, especially US east coast.

  10. February 4, 2017 3:57 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Great example of how the Global Warming obsessed media feeds you “fake news” and junk science to feed the climate crisis narrative.

    And unless you have the Paul Homewoods of the world analysing the actual data, this climate junk news is swallowed whole and added to the Global Warming doom directory.

  11. February 4, 2017 5:27 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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