I checked in at Steig’s webpage to see if the long-awaited AVHRR had finally materialized.
Update (Mar 26, 2009 aa am Eastern) This is now released.
It had the following new paragraph (without any change notice to show that this dataset had not been there from time immemorial):
cloudmaskedAVHRR.txt contains the monthly-averaged cloud-masked satellite data used in the reconstruction presented in the main text (and shown in Figures S1c and S1d). The 300 rows are months, starting with 1982 (January) at the top, and ending in 2006 (December) at the bottom.
I tried unsuccessfully to download thecloudmaskedAVHRR.txt”> data – access denied.
I guess you have to be the “right” sort of researcher to get access to the data. Maybe Steig makes “Special Decisions” for special researchers.
Or maybe Steig’s trying to make sure that he’s archiving the “right” data. You’d think that they wouldn’t need to be sorting this out for a Nature cover story – now over two months after the publication.