Some years ago, the Team’s Raymond Pierrehumbert (raypierre) took a nasty swipe at a couple of French scientists, Courtillot and Allègre, who had written an interesting paper on solar variation, geomagnetism and global temperature. The norealcluemate article was entitled ‘Les Chevaliers de l’Ordre de la Terre Plate’, (The Knights Of the Order of the Flat Earth)
It would be fair to say that despite the sarcastic title ‘raypierre’s’ wit is ropier than rapier-like. His criticisms included an accusation of the incorrect attribution of the temperature data set used to Phil Jones, who denied all knowledge of it, despite being the originator, and the truncation of Courtillot and Allègre’s datasets at 1992, “to conceal the strength of the trend from the reader, and shorten the period in which the most glaring mismatch between solar activity and temperature occurs.”
Of course, we need hardly say this is a severe case of la casserole calling le chaudier noir, and indeed Steve McIntyre created a humorous post in relation to this soon after:
Now fast forward a few years and we see another solar paper by French scientists featured on the Team’s website realclimate.org, or as I jocularly refer to it ‘norealcluemate’.
A critical look at solar-climate relationships from long temperature series
B. Legras1, O. Mestre2, E. Bard3, and P. Yiou4
Is as long as the temperature series it uses, and man it’s duller than dishwater. hence the title of this thread. Impeccable statistically (as far as I can tell) it wastes a significant proportion of your life (if you are stoical enough to read it through to the bitter end) showing you how little the sun correlates with the temperature in Bologna, and other exotic localities. ‘raypierre’ no doubt approves strongly of this one.
These guys need to lighten up and get over to the talkshop for some fresh thinking on the topic of solar-climate relationships in my opinion.
Here’s the link, for masochists: