“Amplitudes, Rates, Periodicities And Causes Of Temperature Variations In The Past 2485 Years And Future Trends Over The Central-Eastern Tibetan Plateau”

Russ Steele

This is from a paper published in a China Science Bulletin:

Abstract with my highlights:

Amplitudes, rates, periodicities, causes and future trends of temperature variations based on tree rings for the past 2485 years on the central-eastern Tibetan Plateau were analyzed. The results showed that extreme climatic events on the Plateau, such as the Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age and 20th Century Warming appeared synchronously with those in other places worldwide. The largest amplitude and rate of temperature change occurred during the Eastern Jin Event 343–425 AD, and not in the late 20th century. There were significant cycles of 1324 a, 800 a, 199 a, 110 a and 2–3 a in the 2485-year temperature series. The 1324 a, 800 a, 199 a and 110 a cycles are associated with solar activity, which greatly affects the Earth surface temperature. The long-term trends >1000 a of temperature were controlled by the millennium-scale cycle, and amplitudes were dominated by multi-century cycles. Moreover, cold intervals corresponded to sunspot minimums. The prediction indicated that the temperature will decrease in the future until to 2068 AD and then increase again.

While the forecast may be speculation, climate history has been a better predictor that climate models.

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Some thoughts on the BEST Project

Russ Steele

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project has received a lot of interest in the lame stream press and on the lefty blogs making all kinds of claims the BEST press releases support human caused climate change.  Well yes, the plant is warming, but then again it has since the last ice age, with some ups during Medieval Warm Period and downs during the Little Ice Age.  The BEST project did not assess the cause of the warming, only that it has been warming from about 1977 to 2002.

My interest in the BEST results was that it confirmed the temperatures during the Dalton Minimum, our last Grand Minimum.

If you are interested in critiques of the BEST project look here:

Willis Eschenbach: A preliminary assessment of BEST’s decline

Anthony Watts:  BEST: What I agree with and what I disagree with – plus a call for additional transparency to prevent “pal” review

Steve McIntyre:  First Thoughts on BEST

William Briggs:  D.J. Keenan’s And My BEST Methodology Reviews

While the focus is on the warming, in the last ten year the temperatures have been declining.

 And we are beginning to see some of the early preliminary results, shorter grape growing seasons and extended ski seasons.   I say preliminary, because we are looking at only a few events, we need a longer period of a more positive assessment.