Curry and Mosher claim that UHI has no impact on rural vs. urban temperature trends. I put that to the test in New South Wales, with two of the longest temperature records in Australia.
Sydney Observatory is right next to 20 lanes of asphalt and has warmed almost 2C since 1860.
Forbes is a rural station and has cooled about one degree since the 1870’s.
This is the same pattern we see at all the old rural stations in Australia like Deniliquin, Bourke, etc. SE Australia has cooled since the 19th century.
Satellites show that Berkeley Earth land temperatures are diverging from atmospheric temperatures in a hockey stick. A smoking gun that Berkeley Earth is severely tainted by UHI.
The correct conclusion for Curry and Mosher to have drawn from their study is that their approach, including using the Modis night lights approach to identifying rural stations, is flawed – rather than their nonsensical conclusion that UHI hasn’t affected the temperature record.
Richard Muller, the fake skeptic who runs Berkeley Earth, wanted to prove that the hockey stick is correct.
By Richard Muller on December 17, 2003
Let me be clear. My own reading of the literature and study of paleoclimate suggests strongly that carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels will prove to be the greatest pollutant of human history. It is likely to have severe and detrimental effects on global climate. I would love to believe that the results of Mann et al. are correct, and that the last few years have been the warmest in a millennium.