Tomorrow, I’m off on for a week’s holiday with the family and with some family friends and will probably not have much internet access. I suspect that I will not be writing any posts, responding to comments, or approving any comments. If I get a chance I will, but I may just not be able to do so.
Anyway, today was somewhat interesting as I managed to have a twitter debate with Rupert Darwall about his Spectator article. He seemed to be suggesting that the 10-year smoothed HADCRUT4 temperature anomaly data since 1990 “barely moves”. I assumed he meant a 10-year running average (which is pretty tricky on only 23 years worth of data) and this clearly does not seem flat. Maybe he means something else, so if someone else can clarify, it would be appreciated. Basing your views of global warming on temperature anomaly data alone is rather simplistic, but I’m just interested to know what he means. He didn’t really seem willing to clarify.
I also ended up in another Twitter debate with Richard Tol about his analysis of the Cook et al. paper. I kind of know that I shouldn’t really bother, but sometimes I just can’t seem to stop myself. He seems to think that because he’s made his data and analysis available that it is somehow beyond criticism. I think most of what he’s done is largely meaningless and if he does go ahead and try and get his paper published, I may write another blog post to explain why. As I have remained anonymous I do try very hard to not be personally insulting to those with whom I’m engaging in a discussion. In the case of Richard Tol, though, it is getting harder and harder to resist.
Anyway, I hope everyone has a good week and assuming my enthusiasm for all this blogging remains when I return from holiday, I’ll be back in action in a week or so.