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Feb 23 10 11:12 PM

    Aussie heat map

Australia is so hot, it's off the scale


Australia's ''dome of heat'' is becoming so intense, temperatures are off the charts - literally.
When the nation's weather bureau model started churning out predictions for next Sunday and Monday of more than 50 degrees, chart producers quietly extended the scale beyond the level previously used.
For now, those days show regions of South Australia with deep purple - indicating 50-52 degrees Celsius. As yet, the new maximum scale of 52-54C - to be coloured pink - does not feature.
"It's because we've been going off the scale," said David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit.
Also off the scale was the national average maximum. It hit 40.33C on Monday, a record that has stood for 40 years but was likely to have been broken yesterday, the bureau said.
Including Tuesday, the country will have posted four of the hottest 10 days on record in 2013 - a year barely a week old.
Another record that was smashed on Monday was Australia's mean temperature. The country averaged 32.23C, eclipsing the previous record - set on December 21, 1972 - of 31.86C.
The temperature at Sydney's Observatory Hill hit 42.3C, its hottest since New Year's Day 2006 and the fifth hottest day since records began in 1858.



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Feb 24 10 3:14 AM

    Yeah periol, it's just horrifying and they have major bush fires all over the place.   Poor people.

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Feb 24 10 9:38 PM

    Now we keep getting small twisters and tornadoes in NZ.  This never used to happen.  Here is the latest, about 2 hours north of me:

Twisters hit Kaikoura as gales, rain batter country



http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8161472/Twisters-hit-Kaikoura-as-gales-rain-batter-country


Boy, the weather is just getting freakier and freakier........

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Feb 25 10 4:30 AM

    As if on cue......got a massive fire burning not that far away from our place.  One house has already burned down, others are on fire..............

Fires all over the South Island here today, plus in other parts flooding and small tornadoes.

Pity the poor Aussies more than us though.......

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Feb 25 10 4:33 AM

    Check out these horrifying photos to see how bad it is.  If you scroll down you can see a satellite photo of Tasmania.  It's unbelievable.  Looks like half of Tasmania was on fire.....

'We saw tornadoes of fire coming towards us': British-born grandfather tells of moment he led terrified family into the sea as Australian wildfires tore through their town

  • Tammy and Tim Holmes led their five grandchildren to safety as blaze destroyed their home in Dunalley, Tasmania
  • They clung to each other and the jetty for more than two hours until they eventually found dinghy to flee fire zone
  • Children's mother, who had left them with her parents while she attended a funeral, feared they had been killed
  • Cooler weather has brought temporary respite today after days of record temperatures in the south of country
  • But 35,000 firefighters are now on standby in Queensland as searing heat is predicted to move north later today
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259468/Australia-wildfires-Moment-terrified-family-forced-refuge.html

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Feb 25 10 12:46 PM

I hate fires. I used to live in an area that got a forest fire pretty much every year or so.  Hang in there Em.

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Feb 25 10 10:20 PM

   

Spectacular red dust storm in Australia

While fires burn across southeastern Australia and the northwest braces for Tropical Cyclone Narelle, Australia's volatile weather has produced a spectacular red dust storm.
Striking images have emerged of a massive dust storm, which rolled across northwestern Australia and out to the Indian Ocean just before sunset on Wednesday evening.
Tugboat worker Brett Martin was working west of False Island when the storm passed over.
"We were steaming along in the boat just before sunset and the storm was casually building in the distance, then it got faster and faster and it went from glass to about 40 knots in two minutes," he told the West Australian.
"It was like a big dust storm under a thunderhead, there was a lot of lightning but not a lot of rain."
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Austen Watkins told the West Australian the phenomenon was created as wind and rain caused the thunderstorm to dump sand and dust it had picked while passing over the coastal town of Onslow, in the Pilbara region.

The phenomenon is known as a "haboob" by meteorologists.




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Mar 4 10 3:41 AM

   

World average temperature rising

Nasa plots world temperature averages since 1884 revealing a long-term climate warming trend.
Blue shows a temperature difference of -2 degrees Celsius and red a temperature difference of +2C.
The world's temperature will keep rising and it's 21st century activity that is boosting the thermometer, according to Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
A visualisation released by GISS in New York, shows the average global temperature has risen about 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880.
According to the new analysis, 2012 was one of the hottest on record with a worldwide average of 14.6C and also the ninth-warmest year since 1880 when record keeping began.
Last year's global average temperature was 14.4C. New Zealand, however, averaged 12.5C.
But the institute reports that each year after 2000 has been among the 14 warmest years ever and 2012 was the warmest La Nina year yet, which is unusual as La Nina weather patterns usually result in lower-than-average global temperatures.
GISS reports 2010 and 2005 ranked as the hottest years on record with the exception of 1998.
Scientists said global temperatures had shown we were experiencing warmer temperatures than ever before.
"What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before," GISS climatologist Gavin Schmidt said.
"The planet is warming. The reason it's warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere."



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http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/8190815/World-average-temperature-rising





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Mar 4 10 3:50 AM

  
Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) say 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. The ten warmest years in the 132-year record have all occurred since 1998. The last year that was cooler than average was 1976.
The map at the top depicts temperature anomalies, or changes, by region in 2012; it does not show absolute temperature. Reds and blues show how much warmer or cooler each area was in 2012 compared to an averaged base period from 1951–1980. For more explanation of how the analysis works, read World of Change: Global Temperatures.
The average temperature in 2012 was about 14.6 degrees Celsius (58.3 degrees Fahrenheit), which is 0.55°C (1.0°F) warmer than the mid-20th century base period. The average global temperature has increased 0.8°C (1.4°F) since 1880, and most of that change has occurred in the past four decades.
The line plot above shows yearly temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2011 as recorded by NASA GISS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center, the Japanese Meteorological Agency, and the Met Office Hadley Centre in the United Kingdom. All four institutions tally temperature data from stations around the world and make independent judgments about whether the year was warm or cool compared to other years. Though there are minor variations from year to year, all four records show peaks and valleys in sync with each other. All show rapid warming in the past few decades, and all show the last decade as the warmest.




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Mar 5 10 6:01 AM

   

Sydney's hottest day on record as mercury hits 45.8 degrees

Sydney is sweltering through its hottest day on record, with the mercury hitting 45.8 degrees in the city at 2.55pm.
The previous high of 45.3 degrees was recorded in January 1939 at Observatory Hill.


http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydneys-hottest-day-on-record-as-mercury-hits-458-degrees-20130118-2cxrr.html


I do believe that is 122.8 in Fahrenheit if my calculations are correct.- emeline.

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Mar 8 10 8:17 AM

Meh. Looks like upstate New York after a normal storm.  Three to Four of these every winter.  The good thing is, the snow is very insulating.  No problem keeping the houses warm inside there, as long as they are careful with their heating sources. 

I now live in Southern Oregon, it was sunny all day today (actually rather drought-y this winter) and today the frogs were croaking in the pond, which is their normal spring behavior.  Really people, S. Oregon is the world's best kept secret.  Views and weather like the south of France.  Just no castles.  We do have wine, though 

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Mar 27 10 4:43 AM

Another "extremely RARE event" I give you ...THUNDERSNOW


Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm, is an extremely rare kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of an extratropical cyclone. Thermodynamically, it is not different from any other type of thunderstorms but the top of the cumulonimbus is usually quite low. As well as snow, graupel, or more rarely hail also commonly falls.
 
 
http://www.weather.com/video/nemo-delivers-thundersnow-34226

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