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originally posted by: gort51
Another example of sensationalising data by twisting the figures to gain a result.
It is Not the Hottest Year on record in that region.
It IS a year in which temperature have been " Slightly above the AVERAGE temperature".
The average temperature is worked out over...say 100 years of data......
Which means, the colder years, lower the "average" temperature, as the warmer years increase the "average" temperature.
We have had a few colder years in recent times, therefore the "Average Temperature" is lowered.
When we have a "Normal" or warm year......Bingo...We are above the Average temperature (in this case by only .77 deg).
Australia was in a drought period in the 90s to early 2000s..... In the past few years, we have been in a cold and wet period.
Soon, we will return to a drought period...............it happens, always has, like every other continent on Earth. Usually every 10-15 years or so......
Sydney has sweltered through its hottest year on record in 2016, with the city’s maximum temperatures reaching at least one degree Celsius above average every month.
Both day and night temperatures were above average throughout the year.
These are not "highest for the day" or "lowest for the month" records. These are the highest and lowest temperatures recorded at individual locations. The all time highs have been consistently outpacing the all time lows for years. This does not seem to indicate that the planet is cooling.
For a station to be considered for any parameter, it must have a minimum of 30 years of data with more than 182 days complete each year. This is effectively a "30-year record of service"
This tool provides simplistic counts of records to provide insight into recent climate behavior, but is not a definitive way to identify trends in the number of records set over time.
30 years is sufficient to note that there are far more all time high temperature records than all time low temperature records over the past 30 years (at least)