Any religion worth it salt has a decent measure of mystery. Consider Christianity. Anyone who pretends to comprehend either the Trinity or the Incarnation is deluded.
So, it's reassuring to see that the secular religion of Anthropogenic Global Warming is no different. Add to the certainty of the science mysterious global warming mysteries.
Consider the following article from NPR (National Public Radio) in the US:
"The Mystery of Global Warming's Missing Heat" by Richard Harris [Sounds like an old Hardy Boys - "The Mystery of the Missing Heat"]
"There has been a very slight cooling [of the oceans], but not anything really significant," Willis says. "....And it may be that we are in a period of less rapid warming."
[Notice that, in the interpretation of the data, slight cooling = less rapid warming. Is there any chance at all that a slight warming would be interpreted as less rapid cooling?]
"But in fact there's a little bit of a mystery. We can't account for all of the sea level increase we've seen over the last three or four years," he says. "One possibility is that the sea has, in fact, warmed and expanded — and scientists are somehow misinterpreting the data from the diving buoys."
[Notice that the bias is to believe the sea is still warming even when the evidence points in another direction.]
Then, they go on to blame the clouds:
"Unfortunately, we don't have adequate tracking of clouds to determine exactly what role they've been playing during this period," Trenberth says.
Oh-oh. The environmentalists want to control our lives, and there's a critical dimension that their modelling doesn't cover?! Are they Joni Mitchell fans? Have they looked at clouds from both sides now, and yet concluded they really don't know clouds at all?
"It's also possible that some of the heat has gone even deeper into the ocean, he says. Or it's possible that scientists need to correct for some other feature of the planet they don't know about."
[Scientists "correcting" the data. Do we have any idea how much of the current "facts" of global warming are based on scientists "correcting" the data to fit their assumptions?]
"Trenberth and Willis agree that a few mild years have no effect on the long-term trend of global warming."
Remember -- if it's getting cooler, it's weather; if it's getting warmer, it's climate change.
To this maxim, we can now add another, "if it's getting cooler, the warming is slowing".]