Like many other people, I’m gradually digesting the CRU letters. Obviously I’m going to comment on them but I’m going to start a little slowly. Here’s one that’s a little fun, where Briffa discusses an otherwise unreported Mann hockey stick, one as “significant” as the frequency of the name Gavin. See here. Briffa:
I am sick to death of Mann stating his reconstruction represents the tropical area just because it contains a few (poorly temperature representative ) tropical series. He is just as capable of regressing these data again any other “target” series , such as the increasing trend of self-opinionated verbage he has produced over the last few years , and … (better say no more)
Gavin Schmidt recently discussed the spurious regression arising from regression of temperature against incidence of the name “Gavin”, an example introduced by Lucia.