The team that brought you “Hide The Decline” have gone one better, with their latest offering “Invent The Incline”. Across much of the Arctic, GHCN have been caught making controversial temperature adjustments, which have had the effect of reducing past temperatures, thereby creating a false warming trend. (Full story here).
It now appears that it is not just the Arctic. The same sort of adjustments have been discovered in Australia.
Phil doesn’t have any Australian data from 1851, but the newspapers did. Just a typical droughtfloodfire year of extreme heat and horrors in Australia. Phil says that 1851 was one of the coldest years on record.
Phil lists February, 1851 as being -0.344. Newspapers say that it was hotter than hell.
By February, 1854 – the CRUTEM4 southern hemisphere database jumped from one thermometer to two thermometers – one in South America and one in New Zealand.