Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 120, Issue 1, pp 69–74

Comment on Boretti (2013), ‘Statistical analysis of the temperature records for the Northern Territory of Australia’

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00704-014-1158-3

Cite this article as:
Trewin, B.C. & Jones, D.A. Theor Appl Climatol (2015) 120: 69. doi:10.1007/s00704-014-1158-3


Boretti (Theor Appl Clim 114:567–573, 2013) presents an analysis of observed temperature trends in the Northern Territory, Australia, and claims that this analysis is inconsistent with trends reported by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and thus that the Bureau of Meteorology results are flawed. This paper presents evidence that the results presented by Boretti (2013) are at least partly attributable to his failure to account for inhomogeneities in the underlying station data and to the use of time periods for trends which are different to those in the Bureau of Meteorology analyses with which he is comparing them. The evidence, as presented in this paper, therefore fails to support his conclusions of inconsistencies between the Bureau of Meteorology analyses and the station data.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bureau of MeteorologyMelbourneAustralia