Thursday, December 31, 2009

Quote of the year decade

From the CRU email archive, discussing the reliability of temperature reconstructions from more than 100 years ago ("7gt;100 year"):
Without trying to prejudice this work, but also because of what I almost think I know to be the case, the results of this study will show that we can probably say a fair bit about <100 year extra-tropical NH temperature variability (at least as far as we believe the proxy estimates), but honestly know f**k-all about what the >100 year variability was like with any certainty (i.e. we know with certainty that we know f**k-all).
[highlighting mine, as well as editing to make it more family-friendly]

Remember this the next time someone tells you that "1998 was the warmest year in a millennium".

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