Yesterday, when Climategate 3 was released, the ever flippant Dr. Gavin Schmidt made this Tweet in response:
Source: Google Trends, searching the word “climategate” from December 2009 to March 2013 http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Climategate&date=12%2F2009%2040m&cmpt=q
It seems that Dr. Schmidt doesn’t understand the difference between events and trends. Climategate was an event, so of course it was represented by an event interest spike. For example, here’s a weather event, Hurricane Katrina, which also shows a “reverse hockey stick” when the dataset is cropped as Dr. Schmidt’s graph was:
Source: Google Trends, searching the words “Hurricane Katrina” from Sept 2005 http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Hurricane%20Katrina&date=9%2F2005%2089m&cmpt=q
Now, this is a trend in Google, it shows the “climate” cooling.
Reference: Google Trends, searching the word “climate” http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Climate&cmpt=q
The interest in climate has cooled, losing more than half its value since 2004.
Of course, as Real Climate Scientists™ always tell us, it is the trend that matters, not any single event or datapoint.
And, the model forecast calls for continued cooling into 2013 and 2014:
Reality is a bitch, isn’t it Dr. Schmidt?