Some blog articles worth reading.
Ed Hawkins (and others) on a GWPF article on climate sensitivity
First Ed Hawkins has written about some article Nic Lewis and Marcel Crok wrote for the GWPF. Actually it was two
Greg Laden has also written a good article on the topic of the Lewis and Crok article, which you can read here. Bob Ward took down Nic Lewis' recent testimony to a UK parliamentary committee (along with that of other deniers).
I can't really add anything to what these people have written, except to say that Judith Curry wrote a foreword to Nic and Marcel's articles, with effusive praise for Nic and Marcel and slightly more muted "appreciation" for the GWPF. Plus maybe a hint that they asked her to find a publisher, which she couldn't manage to do.
While writing this Foreword, I considered the very few options available for publishing a report such as this paper by Lewis and Crok. I am appreciative of the GWPF for publishing and publicizing this report. Public accountability of governmental and intergovernmental climate science and policy analysis is enhanced by independent assessments of their conclusions and arguments.
Victor Venema on the daily temperature dataset from BEST
The other article I'll point you to is by Victor Venema. He's saying "Be careful with the new daily temperature dataset from Berkeley". And continues:
The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project now also provides daily temperature data. On the one hand this is an important improvement, that we now have a global dataset with homogenized daily data. On the other hand, there was a reason that climatologists did not publish a global daily dataset yet. Homogenization of daily data is difficult and the data provided by Berkeley is likely better than analyzing raw data, but still insufficient for robust conclusions about changes in extreme weather and weather variability.
It's worth a read - Victor is a specialist in climate temperature data.
RealClimate has an article by Zeke Hausfather and Robert Rohde, two of the BEST team members behind the new data set.
Jeff Masters on El Niño watch
You read it here at HotWhopper first of course :) Then NOAA announced it. Jeff Masters has now written about it too. There may be an El Niño on its way later this year.
Jeff points to this earlier article by Michael Ventrice at wunderground.com that is worth reading. (I wrote something about ENSO here some weeks ago, which has more links to the subject,)
Update: Webb Roberts (@webbr) pointed me to another article about this from Kim Cobb's Lab at Georgia Tech, suggesting it could provide a rare opportunity for scientific study and learning more about ENSO, if resources can be put together in time.