More on the SBC – Horse Puckey Sierra Warming

Russ Steele

Several years ago with Ellen and I were helping Anthony Watts with his Surface Station Project, and I miss identified the Quincy CA Surface Station.  It was a Sunday, could not find station and asking around at the police station were told it was at the Ranger Station. We visited the Station and a Ranger took us to a Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) on the hill behind the station.  Antony later found the real station, behind the radio station.

This Quincy was rather remote, and would not have been influenced by an urban heat island, and I thought it would be a good reference station to see if in fact the Sierra was warming and the warming was accelerating as claimed by Steven Frisch.

Here is a plot of the average annual temperatures from 1991 to 2010, the years with a complete record.

As you can see the temperatures vary from year to year, but according to the regression analysis the temperatures are essentially flat for the 19 years examined. It appears that from about 2002 to 2010 the temperatures have been in declining year over year.  We need about 30 years to establish a more definitive trend.

Bottom line, there no evidence of accelerated warming in the Sierra warming, unless Mr. Frisch has some stronger evidence.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

6 Responses to More on the SBC – Horse Puckey Sierra Warming

  1. Barry Pruett says:

    Russ: Do the highs and lows on the graph correlate with the eleven year solar cycle?

    • Russ says:


      I do not see the connections, the low between cycle 22 and 23 was about 1997 and that was one of the high points on the graphic. The theory is low spots, low temps.

  2. M Loegering says:

    Here is a link to the average temperature data for the Quincy station.. I do not see much of a change in this 65 year record. The NASA record for Quincy shows the same result…that is no appreciable changes in temperature. Here is the link for the NASA data..

  3. Bob W says:

    Tell us again what we are paying you for Frisch.

  4. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Even I knew there wasn’t and I’m 3K miles away

  5. Russ says:

    If you came here from Sierra Foothills Report, please explain the lack of global warming in the Sierra, let along the accelerated warming.

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