As Fairgame has just chided me - you do know that's from February 2011, nearly TWO YEARS ago, don't you?<quoted text>
Lets see what the American Institute of Physics has to say:
Around 2008 the deniers began to publicize a new claim: the world had supposedly gotten no warmer in the decade since 1998. Indeed that had been an extraordinarily warm year, for a "super El Niño" event, the strongest of the century, had pumped some extra heat from the Pacific Ocean into the atmosphere. No year since had been noticeably hotter (although 2005, 2008 and 2010 roughly matched it). While the claim excited comment among internet bloggers and a few politicians, the actual scientific literature gave scant attention to such short-term fluctuations, in this case probably caused by a sharp decline in solar activity.(50a) Anyone who looked at the ten-year average of air temperatures near the surface which was what the weather statistics measured would see that the decade 1999-2008 was substantially hotter than the decade before, which was in turn hotter than the preceding decade, and so forth back to the 1970s. Indeed all of the ten warmest years on record had come since 1997.
But - indeed. At what point does a short-term fluctuation in a long-term trend line become a trend change or even a trend reversal?
No point to argue there - Stockbrokers have made billions off their clients arguing both sides of the toss on that very question.
And here is what the inestimable dr. Jones had to say on this question:
"... in 2009, when the plateau was already becoming apparent and being discussed by scientists, he told a colleague in one of the Climategate emails:Bottom line: the no upward trend has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried. "
15 years. That's the point where, according to Dr. Jones, a hiatus becomes a significant change in the Trend. That point has now been passed. Or is Dr. Jones now doing his very best Nathan Thurm impression, saying, "I meant 20 years. That's right - 20. That's what I meant to say. It's so funny you should think I would believe a mere 15-year hiatus in the warming trend would be significant!"
And just one small question for you why is it do you think, that Dr. Jones finds the prospect of observing the global warming trend halting something to be "WORRIED" about?
Curious choice of words, n'est-ce pas?