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From: Tom Wigley <>
To: Keith Briffa <>
Subject: Re: Nature: Review of manuscript 2005-12-14395
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 13:45:26 -0700


Thanx for this. Interesting. However, I do not think your
response is very good. Further, there are grammatical and
text errors, and (shocking!!) you have spelled McKitrick
wrong. This is a sure way to piss them off.

They claim that three cores do not cross-date for TRW.
They also say (without results) that the same applies to MXD
(these results may be in their Supp. Mat. -- I presume you
checked this).

So, all you need say is ...

(1) TRW was not the only data used for cross-dating.
(2) When MXD is used there are clear t-value peaks,
contrary to their claim. You can show your Fig. 4 to prove
(3) The 3-core-composite cross-dates with other (well-dated)
chronologies (Yamal and Polurula), confirming the MXD-based
dating. You can show your Fig. 5 to prove this.

You could say all this in very few words -- not many more than
I have used above. As it is, your verbosity will leave any reader

There are some problems still. I note that 1032 is not cold in Yamal.
Seems odd. Is it cold in *all* of the three chronologies at issue?
Or did a reindeer crap next to one of the trees?

Also, there seems to be a one-year offset in the 1020s in your
Fig. 6.

I hope this is useful. I really think you have to do (and can do) a
better job in combatting the two Ms. If this stuff gets into Nature,
you still have a chance to improve it. Personally, I think it would
be good for it to appear since, with an improved response, you can
make MM look like ignorant idiots.



Keith Briffa wrote:

> Dear Emma
> I am very sorry for the delay in returning this response to the
> submitted Brief Communication By McIntyre and McKitric . I have been
> extremely busy and to substantiate my written remarks it was necessary
> to dig out the original data and produce a number of Figures
> illustrating the true nature of the cross-dating of the data . I have
> (or at least my Research Associate Tom) has now done this and I am
> finally in a position to write the response. This is contained in the
> WORD file attached to this message . The Figures are attached in a
> separate file. I am happy for you to send the attached written
> response to McIntyre and McKitric , but I would prefer if you would
> NOT send the Figures , at least until these are posted on the Climatic
> (hopefully sometime tomorrow). I am accepting your offer of sending
> this response directly to you rather than sending it through the
> Nature system . Sorry that it is a little long.
> If you decide to publish their communication ( which I consider very
> unlikely , given its entirely fallacious content) I would expect
> Nature to publish this response and find room to publish my Figures
> (even if only as Supplementary material). Thank you again for your
> patience.
> yours sincerely
> Keith
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