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Volume 7 Number 47:  24 November 2004

Temperature Record of the Week
This issue's Temperature Record of the week is from Covington, Tennessee. Visit our U.S. Climate Data section to plot and view these data for yourself.

Editorial
Western U.S. Drought-Climate Connection: A Testament to the Magnitude of the Medieval Warm Period?: A 1200-year history of drought in the western United States suggests that the Medieval Warm Period was significantly warmer than what the world's climate alarmists would have us believe.

Subject Index Summaries
Floods (North America): Will floods become more severe and more frequent in response to greenhouse gas-induced global warming, as climate alarmists say they will?  We get a pretty good clue from another question that can be answered with real-world data: Has flooding in North America intensified in response to the post-Little Ice Age warming that climate alarmists claim is primarily due to that very cause?

Carbon Based Secondary Compounds: How are their concentrations in plant tissues affected by atmospheric CO2 enrichment?  And why do we care?

Journal Reviews
Scandinavian Storminess: How has it varied over the past two centuries?

A 380-Year History of Drought in Eastern Canada: What does it tell us about the end of the Little Ice Age and the Northern Hemispheric temperature history of Mann et al.?

The "Beginning of the End" of the Little Ice Age: The Serin Speaks: A bird that was the object of the doctoral thesis of Ernst Mayr in 1926 reveals some important facts about the demise of the Little Ice Age in Europe.

CO2 vs. Ozone: Responses of Norway Spruce and European Beech Trees: For these two staples of western European forests, which are stronger: the deleterious effects of a doubling of the tropospheric ozone concentration or the beneficial effects of an 80% increase in the air's CO2 concentration?

Danger in the Air: Desert Dust: What do we know about the long-range transport of plant, animal and human pathogens that travel around the world in clouds of dust swept up by winds over Africa and Asia?  And how might the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content impact this phenomenon?