Here’s a few graphs that look at stations in “High Cold Places” both in the GISS baseline and in the last year of data in GHCN v3.3 for whatever it means.
First the GISS baseline of 1950-1980:
Then the final year of data in GHCN v3.3:
Then comparing the two:
It looks like South America moved more south in the Andes, and near China moved more north.
They essentially lost New Zealand and a large chunk of Africa. Then overall just reduced the number of stations in “High Cold Places” with higher volatility (greater range of temperatures) than low places near the beach…
Just for grins, I’m adding a graph of the changes in the Midrange altitudes. Over 100 meters and under 1000 meters. That’s below most high cold places (under 3000 feet) and above the warm coastal areas where most people live.
It does look to me like there’s a general move inland and toward drier areas. South America looks like it is moving downslope of the Andes into the rain forest, while Africa snuggles up closer to the South Sahara. North America is a bit too dense to see through all the blue baseline overlay, but it looks like a general move southward and into “flyover country” – the hotter drier places.
Then Europe picks up more Spain and a bit of what looks like Poland. Russia is a bit of a mess with things just moving around. India looks to be moving out of the cooler mountain slopes and toward the warmer south. Then there’s nearly nothing Out To Sea… Even New Zealand is gone.
Well, might as well toss in a “below 100 m” graph. That’s where most of the people live, most of the urbanization is happening, and most of the water moderated temperature swings happens. Just for comparison to the other graphs if nothing else.
We do get the islands and oceans back again. New Zealand shows up. There’s a lot of baseline blue stations along all the coasts. Then lots of change in the high northern hemisphere and low southern hemisphere.
I’m not sure exactly what all it means, but what is very clear is that there’s a whole lot of screwing around with the intruments going on.
It is my opinion that there is simply no way (anomalies or not) that you can do valid calorimetry with that much instrument change. They asserting it is accurate to the 1/10 C range when the measurements are in 1 whole degree is just daft. The error bars exceed the adjustments and the adjustments exceed the actual trend in the data.