posted on Jan, 15 2014 @ 09:26 PM
So it's a summer in South-Eastern Australia. Yes it gets hot, but this seems somewhat out of the ordinary.
The forecast temperature for today is 44 degrees Celsius. Yesterday it was 41 and the day before 42. Tomorrow it is expected to hit about 41 degrees.
We're talking about 110 degrees Fahrenheit and over for those in the US, for an extended period. Usually in Melbourne there may be one or two days
over 40, usually not consecutively.
A few years ago we had 47 degrees Celsius in the middle of a heat wave, and it was called a 'once in a hundred years event'. Last summer we had an
extended period in March (when usually it's getting cooler in Melbourne) of over 30 degree temperatures, and now we seem to be having yet another
'once in a hundred years event'. I'm pretty sure 2013 was also the hottest year on record down under.
It's funny because I remember years ago when the idea of climate change was a blip on the radar, it was suggested that we would have a lot more
erratic weather, including a lot more days over 40 degrees C.
Heatwaves in Australia are becoming more frequent, hotter and are lasting longer because of climate change, a report released today by the
Climate Council says.
The interim findings of the report, titled Australian Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer, Earlier and More Often, come as southern Australia swelters through a
heatwave, with the temperature in Adelaide today forecast to hit 46 degrees Celsius.
So what is happening with our climate seems to match very closely what was modelled some 20 years back.
I'd be so happy to have some of that global cooling down here, as there has been a noticeable warming trend for at least the last 15 years.
Australian heatwave shows man-made climate change, scientists say
Southern Australia is caught in the grip of an extreme heatwave, which is fuelling hundreds of bush fires, causing power cuts and even prompting
concerns about the safety of tennis players in the Australian Open, which is being staged in Melbourne.
Scientists say these heatwaves are one of the clearest examples of man-made climate change beginning to stand out from natural climate variability.
So those who believe the Earth is cooling, how about sending some of that weather down to Australia, where it is anything but.
15-1-2014 by cuckooold because: Heatstroke