I wa reading through Rob Wilson’s article on Gulf of Alaska ring widths and the following sentence caught my eye:
Mean temperature data for Sitka (1832—1887), that are not included in the GHCN archive, were also obtained (Phil Jones personal communication).
You may recall CRU’s refusal letter to Willis Eschenbach, one of a number of recent formal refusals by CRU to even identify their sites, much less provide their data. In that letter, CRU said:
We have sent all our data to GHCN, so they do, in fact, possess all our data.
Did Phil Jones send all his data to GHCN or not? If he did, why isn’t it included in the GHCN archive? There is 19th century data for Sitka in the GHCN archive: so what’s the difference between this data and Rob’s data? If it’s different, what’s the reason for the difference? If it’s the same, what did Jones mean when he told Rob Wilson that he had provided him with data that was “not included in the GHCN archive”? Rob criticizes me for being confused. Sometimes it’s hard not to be.
I’ll add that Rob Wilson has nothing to do with CRU refusing to disclose what stations they used, and, I’m sure that, if it were up to him, CRU would disclose this information even to people who aren’t “friends”.