Graph Conventions

The graphs used to describe tests to the AGW hypothesis will show several variables. Each is described by a line of text in the upper left corner. This text, in the color assigned to the variable, reports the mean, plotting extents and the units. Absolute units are always used, for example W/m^2, degrees K and percent. The mean values of all variables are aligned to have a common origin and each is scaled to a value relevant to that of the other variables. If a variable extent is specified as 100, this means that the extents of the plot are from -100 to +100 units around the mean value. The dashed line represents the common origin and aligns to the means of all plotted variables. The 2 dotted lines represent the magnitude of half the stated extent. If a plotted variable whose limit is 100 units has it's extents touching the 2 dotted lines, it will have a magnitude of 100 units peak to peak.

The X scale of the graphs is labeled in months and all of the plots show the monthly averages of satellite data accumulated since 1983. Months are repeated at the beginning and end of the graph so that the periodic behavior is more evident.

The data presented in these graphs is the data which is ordinarily obfuscated by anomaly analysis. For example, the temperature graphs represent the average monthly temperatures that are used as the baseline for an anomaly report.

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