Australia record-breaking heat wave bushfires rage as temperatures hit 54C

Record breaking temperatures were set
– Australia just had the warmest Spring on record
– The current heat wave is the largest ever recorded
– 2013 was the warmest year on record

John Nairn from the weather bureau says several outback towns had temperatures well into the 40s. “Our temperatures have been near record, the highest temperature we had was at Moomba at 49.3 degrees but a lot of centres up there are pushing up around that 50 mark,” he said. “It is unusually hot. It’s at least 15 degrees above the average up there at the moment and those are pretty unusual temperatures.”

Professor Karoly: “In the model experiments, it is not possible to reach such a temperature record due to natural climate variations alone

While many climate extremes cannot be directly attributed to a changing climate, the burden of extremes Australia is experiencing is a product of climate change and requires a coordinated national response.”

The 2013 record high is also remarkable because it occurred not in an El Nino year (where a warm ocean current can push up temperatures), but a normal year

Australia records its warmest spring

The spring of 2013 has been Australia’s warmest on record. Mean temperatures for the season were 1.57C above the 1961-1990 average, surpassing the previous record of 1.43C (set in 2006) by 0.14C. Daytime maximum temperatures were also the highest on record, coming in 2.07C above average and 0.24C above the previous record (also set in 2006), while overnight minimum temperatures were the fourth-warmest on record.

The warmth was most dramatic in September, which saw a mean temperature anomaly of +2.75C, setting a new monthly record by more than a degree. October was also a very warm month, 1.43C above average.

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This is the first protracted heatwave of the spring-summer period over such a large area.

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  1. Notice how the above video is not mentioning:
    – Record breaking temperatures were set
    – Australia just had the warmest Spring on record
    – The current heat wave is the largest ever recorded
    – 2013 was the warmest year on record

  2. Australia Govt BOM Annual climate statement 2013 – Issued Friday 3 January 2014
    National mean temperature was +1.2 °C above the 1961–1990 average
    2013 was Australia’s warmest year on record, since national records began in 1910
    Summer 2012–13 (Dec-Feb) was the warmest on record
    Spring 2013 (Sept-Nov) was the warmest on record
    Winter 2013 (Jun-Aug) was the third warmest
    Maximum temperatures were +1.45 °C above average
    Minimum temperatures +0.94 °C above average

    ENSO 2013 was a NEUTRAL year for the El Niño–Southern Oscillation
    Neither El Niño or La Niña influenced Australian rainfall
    Temperatures were generally slightly below normal in the eastern equatorial Pacific
    Remained within neutral thresholds for the entire 12 months

    Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) around Australia were unusually warm throughout the year
    Monthly anomalies for January and February the highest on record
    For November the second-highest on record.
    This extends a period of sustained record-high SSTs in the Australian region since 2010.
    SSTs Year to November are +0.51 °C above the long-term average, third-highest since 1910

    Annual mean temperature was +0.17 °C above the previous record set in 2005 (+1.03 °C)
    Warmest year on record for South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory
    In South Australia mean temperatures were 0.41 °C above the previous record set in 2009
    All other States ranked in the top four years: Queensland and New South Wales second,
    Victoria third and Tasmania fourth highest average temperatures since 1910 records began.

    So when ENSO switches back to a ‘warming trend’, a ‘drought trend’ – what could happen in Australia?

  3. This is just the beginning. The next 50 years will bring an merciless
    onslaught of new records in heat and rain at exactly the worst possible
    moment. Humanity will begin it’s decline while burning up all the fossile
    fuel it can get it’s greedy grabbing hands on. And most of it will be
    burned to have the 0.1% rich get richer in terms of money. But money will
    not have much worth after the easy energy fountain has run dry.

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