Food for thought for the faithful that have written off Solar forcing, asymmetry and huge thermal inertia can do weird things. One is that volcanic impacts can appear to lead forcing and another is the same thing can happen with solar forcing.
Earth has common internal response times that are not fixed. Variations in surface winds and polar sea ice extent vary the internal poleward heat transport. There is a roughly 28 month settling time for meridional imbalance that leads to the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation and a roughly 8.5 year bulk ocean mixing layer "charging" time constant for Earth versus a 9.5 to 12 year solar pseudo-cycle associated with the Sun's changing magnetic field. Tidal forcing, even very weak forcing, can alter the mixing efficiency of both the Earth and the Sun as they seek meridional "equilibrium" only to have the weak forcing change. Both are constantly "hunting" for some happy medium they can never obtain or maintain if they did.
Using the "normal" concept of "forcing" and "feedback" that emphasizes energy balance in purely radiant or thermal terms, the mechanical forces that actually move the thermal mass tend to be ignored or minimized when they have a much larger impact that deserves more respect. Just because a correlation doesn't make "sense" doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It just means the analysis has gaps that need to be filled. The impact of asymmetry on the response to a common weak forcing is a much more interesting puzzle that assuming it away will never solve.
Perhaps this new year will lead to new approaches to learn instead of assume.