I don't think this is rocket science. Oxygen is more soluble in cold liquids. Because of this the gas bubbles that form when a knuckle is cracked is likely more rapidly resorbed in a cold joint. Also, bercause of this increased solubility more gas can be dissolved in the cold joint. As a result of this in the cold you should be able to crack a joint more frequently and perhaps more loudly (assuming more gas relates to a louder crack).
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RE: Positive effect of warm water / warmth on joint pains