Someone asked what the graphs in Noise in Jones 1998 would look like for the other multiproxy studies. I speculated that they would probably look similar. In fact, they vary quite a bit. I’ve done plots for Mann and Jones , Esper et al , Crowley and Lowery , Moberg et al  and MBH99. In some cases, I’ve got accurate proxy data; in other cases, I’ve done it with what I’ve got or reconstructed. For amusement, I’ve posted them up without identifying them. You should be able to guess some of them. (I’ll edit in a couple of days and insert labels.)
Caveats: I’ve used the Esper et al  chronologies as I graphed them up a few days ago; I don’t have all the sites and the Tirol site must differ somehow. For Crowley, I have only the smoothed and transformed version. The transformed version is in [0,1] so I did a qnorm transformation, jittering the 0 and 1 values. The MBH99 data used is the proxy roster from the MWP step.
I’ve shown the "studentized G" measure of coherency of annual changes, which is my modificaiton of the Gleichlàƒ⣵figkeit G statistic, as used by Esper and other dendrochronologists as a measure of signal. The G statistic is the maximum of the number of tree rings with an increase in width or with a decrease in width divided by the number of samples. In an unstudentized version, 2 out of 2 counts the same as 23 out of 23. As I pointed out here, this statistic is readily "studentized" (or normalized) by defining the
studentized G (n,N) = the proportion of cases in a 50-50 binomial draw of length N which are less informative than n out of N.
For example, if there is a 50-50 split between + and – in a given year, the studentized G would be 0 since you get at least that good a match 100% of the time. If you get 2 out of 2 going the same way, the studentized G is only 0.5, since you get a less "informative" result (1 up, 1 down) 50% of the time. On the other hand, if you have 23 of 23 cores going the same way, the studentized G is nearly 1. This is a trivial modification but obviously a far more sensible measure of signal strength. The bottom chart shows the values for the Polar Urals site, which demonstrates some values in a site where there is some common signal (leaving aside the 11th century issue).
Figure 1. G and Studentized G for Polar Urals. Studentized G is consistently above 0.67 after 11th century.
In the graphs below, I’ve put a horizontal line to show a benchmark of 2/3; maybe I should have put it at 0.5, maybe higher.
An important point in these graphs pertains to the MWP. The Hockey Team theory is that the proxies are accurately measuring regional temperature and that the variability in the MWP proxies is evidence of a highly variable regional pattern, differing in nature from the 20th century warming. This is usually shown through spaghetti graphs showing a mess in the MWP. I’m interested in a couple of 20th century features: (1) how messy it is, given that the proxies have been selected on the basis of being "temperature sensitive" – which may mean little more than a trend; (2) the impact of non-normal distributions.
The studentized G values appear remarkably low for these studies.
More on this another day – for now, which is which?