Over at The Australian Cheryl Jones seems to be immune to the group think there, writing a straight news story on the debunking of a paper by by Stewart Franks et al, which purported to prove that global warming had no effect on the drought in the Murray-Darling Basin:
In winter, the days are shorter the farther south you go. The Franks team’s dataset started with stations in the southern basin, including ones near Canberra and Melbourne, and ended with stations as far north as Moree, near the NSW-Queensland border. By adding data from more northern stations later in the period, the analysis gave the impression of a trend towards longer sunshine hours.
Dr Cai’s team, which includes Bureau of Meteorology scientists, analysed the same dataset but used corrections for latitude. The “trend” vanished. The patchy distribution of data in space and time had skewed the Newcastle team’s results, producing a “large spurious trend”.
Of course, The Australian had earlier given Franks an opinion piece to advance his theories.