You might recall apocalyptic claims last month about record breaking heatwaves in the Arctic. As I suggested at the time, such claims were nonsensical, and were based on no more than isolated incursions of mild air from lower latitudes, certainly not unprecedented events. We now have the full satellite data for December from RSS, which proves that these assertions were no more than lies. The average temperature in December was pretty much average for the last couple of decades, and colder than most years since 2001.
January 22, 2017, 08:06 PM
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January 24, 2017, 05:24 AM
Snow fell for the first time in 90 years on the beaches of Torravieja, Valencia, Spain.
January 24, 2017, 02:20 PM
Arctic Sea Ice Grows Back To 2006 Levels
Date: 22/01/17 Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science
Sea ice charts for 18 January from NSIDC Masie show exactly as much sea ice in 2017 as there was back in 2006 – 13.4 million km^2.
Sydney heatwave expected to break 120-year hot weather record of days over 35C/ 95F
Sydney is experiencing its hottest summer in over 120 years, with temperatures set to exceed a record set in 1896. The city has experienced eight days with temperatures above 35C this summer, which ends in February. On Tuesday, temperatures topped 35C by 9.30am, according to 9News, with Sydney now just one hot day short of matching the 121-year record.
Recent hot and muggy days have seen the mercury hit 30C by 8am, peaking around midday in the upper thirties. The evenings have brought little respite to Sydney residents. After sundown, another warm weather record was broken, with night-time summer temperatures reaching 24C on four occasions, double what was experienced during the city's severe 2010 heat wave.
January 26, 2017, 01:14 PM
21 years off the grid and counting
January 26, 2017, 01:24 PM
You've posted that before, and if you look at the graph of ANTarctic sea ice over the same period its a near-perfect invert of that just that combining the 2 graphs for the ENTIRE planet shows...
Originally posted by Ryan P.: You've posted that before, and if you look at the graph of ANTarctic sea ice over the same period its a near-perfect invert of that just that combining the 2 graphs for the ENTIRE planet shows...
Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data
America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules The report claimed the pause in global warming never existed, but it was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data". It was rushed through and timed to influence the Paris agreement on climate change.
Queensland, New South Wales outback towns to reach high 40s as heatwave sweeps across eastern Australia
TEMPERATURES in parts of New South Wales and Queensland are tipped to climb to nearly 50C (122F) in the next week as Australia’s long, hot summer gets longer and hotter.
An extreme heatwave will sweep across the country’s east this weekend, with northwest New South Wales and south west Queensland bearing the brunt.
Birdsville, in Queensland’s far west is tipped to reach 48C (118F) next Tuesday.
The outback town has sweltered through extreme temperatures, with just one day below 40C (104) since January 15.
Night-time temperatures have barely dropped below 30C.
On the same day Birdsville hits 48C (118F), the outback NSW town of Bourke is also tipped to reach 46C (115F).
February 09, 2017, 06:47 PM
"South Australia Heatwave Wind Power Collapse, Rolling Blackouts"
"South Australia, the world’s renewable energy crash test dummy, is once again experiencing horrendous power price spikes and rolling blackouts, thanks to excessive reliance on wind, a lack of dispatchable power capacity, and high demand caused by a Summer heatwave."
"The rolling blackouts make a mockery of South Australian government assurances in December, that the state of South Australia has sufficient thermal power capacity to meet requirements."
It is as if history is being erased. For all that we hear about recent record-breaking climate extremes, records that are equally extreme, and sometimes even more so, are ignored.
In January 1896 a savage blast “like a furnace” stretched across Australia from east to west and lasted for weeks. The death toll reached 437 people in the eastern states. Newspaper reports showed that in Bourke the heat approached 120°F (48.9°C) on three days (1)(2)(3). The maximumun at or above 102 degrees F (38.9°C) for 24 days straight.
By Tuesday Jan 14, people were reported falling dead in the streets. Unable to sleep, people in Brewarrina walked the streets at night for hours, the thermometer recording 109F at midnight. Overnight, the temperature did not fall below 103°F. On Jan 18 in Wilcannia, five deaths were recorded in one day, the hospitals were overcrowded and reports said that “more deaths are hourly expected”. By January 24, in Bourke, many businesses had shut down (almost everything bar the hotels). Panic stricken Australians were fleeing to the hills in climate refugee trains. As reported at the time, the government felt the situation was so serious that to save lives and ease the suffering of its citizens they added cheaper train services:
February 11, 2017, 05:30 AM
Originally posted by john galt: Extreme heat in 1896: Panic stricken people fled the outback on special trains as hundreds die. It is as if history is being erased. For all that we hear about recent record-breaking climate extremes, records that are equally extreme, and sometimes even more so, are ignored.
An interesting article. More interestingly, the Weather Bureau did not start collecting "standardized" official records until 1910.
However, my thermometer said it was 55C (131F) today where I live while the official airport thermometer said 42C (107.6F) It probably had something to do with where I had my thermometer located.
False. The poor quality of early data makes it impossible to conclude with confidence that 1896 was Australia’s hottest summer – the best available estimate is that it was considerably cooler than 2013.
The pre-1910 data have not been “wiped from the record”. They are still available on the Bureau’s website, but are not included in the official record because they cannot be compared easily with modern data."
February 11, 2017, 05:38 AM
Miserable stretches of trail prompt Iditarod to move race start to Fairbanks
For the second time in three years, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will move its official start from Willow to Fairbanks due to poor trail conditions that race officials determined unsafe.
The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors made the decision to relocate the race to Interior Alaska in a quick, unanimous vote Friday after a two-hour-long executive session.
Nordman said that while dozens of inches of snow dumped on Anchorage this winter, stretches of the Iditarod trail in the Alaska Range didn't fair as well, and were marked by sparse snow and dense brush.
"We're just not feeling that it's safe enough to run a competitive dog race over," he said.
Nordman said Iditarod officials flew over the trail multiple times in the past week and spent the last two months "trying to figure out a way to get over the Alaska Range."
"We're going through some major changes with the environment," he said. "We have more willow and brush than we've seen in years."
The Iditarod Trail Committee had warned in a statement earlier this month that the perilous Dalzell Gorge outside of Rainy Pass had received inadequate snow, and Nordman said Friday that the notorious stretch also included too many spots of open water and unsafe snow-and-ice bridges.
February 11, 2017, 06:12 AM
Turtle hatchlings dying in extreme heat at Mon Repos Beach Queensland Updated 4 Feb 2017, 9:24am
"Piles of dead turtle hatchlings are lining Queensland's famous Mon Repos beach amid a heatwave which has pushed the sand's temperature to a record 75 degrees Celsius.
While the majority of hatchlings break free from their nests at night when the sand is cooler, those escaping in the day face overheating.
"They can't sweat, they can't pant, so they've got no mechanism for cooling," Department of Environment and Heritage Protection chief scientist Dr Col Limpus said."
Mike, Mike, Mike, look, look, look! It was 75C at Queensland's Mon Repos Beach!!!
February 11, 2017, 06:11 PM
Wow Mike, is it hot here today!
Local time is 9am and the thermometer I put outside already says 42C (107.6F). The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) gives the official Airport temperature as 34.3C (93.7F). Of course we all know the BOM never tells the truth, don't we? So my temperature reading must be the correct one
By the way, Instead of hopping on a train and going to the beach when the weather gets hot like people used to do, most people now either go to an air conditioned pub, have a beer or 10 with their friends and watch the cricket game on wide screen TV, or else they go home, turn the air conditioner on and watch the Tennis on TV while sipping a nice wine
The 2017 world is a very different place than the 1896 world
PS, I already have my air conditioner on It is too far to go to the beach.