They Just Ran Out Of Colors

There are only six colors, which is why aviso chose to paint Envisat an almost invisible yellow on their sea level graph. The simply didn’t have any choice.

I however have access to more recent computer technology (after 1970) which permits more than six colors and actually allows you to see the falling sea level data from Envisat.

I can’t imagine why they tried to make Envisat almost invisible.


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14 Responses to They Just Ran Out Of Colors

  1. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

    Global warming scientist predicted the earth would have both a rise in sea level and an increase in precipitation from all the melting ice. The increased precipitation was supposed to be in the form of rain in lower latitudes and snow in higher. But sea level is dropping. Snow is falling in flower latitudes.

    How many predictions by global warming scientists have to fail before global warming believers stop believing?

    • Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

      lower latitudes, not flower latitudes

      • Deadman says:

        No, stick with “flower latitudes”, it’s vivid and poetic, the latitudes wherein flowers.

        We’re told that it would hardly snow
        wherein the pretty blossoms grow;
        their catastrophic attitudes
        would ruin flower latitudes,
        but though they say the seas will rise
        the evidence before our eyes
        is that sea-levels don’t upswing
        and flowers yet will brighten spring.

      • Deadman says:

        … wherein flowers grow.

    • Anything is possible says:

      How many predictions by global warming scientists Harold Camping have to fail before global warming religious believers stop believing?

  2. Scott says:

    All they had to do was use a darker yellow, orange, black, gray, purple, or brown. Even the cheapest plotting software has that, LOL.


  3. Jimbo says:

    The next time they’ll use white. 🙂

  4. Don McCubbin says:

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks so much for posting this. I had not seen the data by separate satellite. I was just fishing around on the web to better understand the satellites and how they differ.

    There are some wiki sites for each satellite. Jason-1 was launched in 2001, Envisat in 2002, and Jason-2 in 2008.

    Jason-1 and Jason-2 seem to have similar measurements with the hint of an uptick in 2011, but Envisat clearly is dropping.

    I would be interested in anything you might have on the differences between the satellites. Thanks again for the graph.

    Best regards,

    • Jason averages are dominated by some regions east of the Philippines with very high numbers (10mm/year), but their stated error in those regions is almost as large as the numbers. In other words, the Jason data is almost meaningless.

      • Mike Davis says:

        The Jason satellites use a metal tape measure that is subject to temperature changes affecting the measurements and Evisat uses the more modern cloth tape measure that is not affected by temperature changes. Metal shrinks in cold weather and expands in warm weather.

  5. Don McCubbin says:

    Thanks for your thoughts.


  6. Mike M says:

    Back in the days of using ComputerVision Personal CADD design software, a black background was the default and always made the most sense to me ever since because it alone seems to highlight all the other colors the best – especially yellow. (

    Something like this, (it would have been better if I had had the original GIF…) –

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