Winter was the warmest on record

02 Sep, 2009 02:55 PM
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August 2009 was the warmest August on Australian record, and the past winter has been the warmest on record for NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

The Bureau of Meterology’s National Climate Centre reported yesterday that the mean August temperature for Australia shattered all previous records, with temperatures 2.47°C above the long-term average, just short of 1°C above the previous record set in 2006.

August mean day-time temperatures were 3.2°C above the average and 1.14°C above the 2006 record.

The recent heat wave set records in 87 long-term monitoring stations, including 37.8°C at Mungindi, NSW, on the 24th and 38.5°C at Bedourie, Qld, on the 29th.

Abnormally warm conditions in June and July combined with August’s record breaking heat to give an Australian-wide mean winter temperature of 16.6°C, some 1.35°C above average.

This fell just 0.01°C short of the previous continental record set in 1996, but NSW, South Australia and Victoria all had their warmest winters on record.

The outlook through to November is for continued warmer-than-normal temperatures, particularly in Queensland and northern NSW.

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Trugger
2/09/2009 6:40:28 PM

Where does the global cooling fit in with this information?
the lorax
3/09/2009 10:31:17 AM

Come on, trugger, the last five days of August were cooler than the previous 26, so the globe is cooling!
Len
3/09/2009 11:46:55 PM

It is still very cold and wet in WA. The eastern states may have been naughty and therefore the rain has been cut off till they repent!!
Qlander
4/09/2009 11:33:32 AM

Read this http://www.businessandmedia.org/s pecialreports/2006/fireandice/fir eandice.asp I'm surprised at how closely it matches my 90-year-old mother's recollections of the 30s/40s hot, 60s/70s cold, and 90s/2000s hot again. I will bet that the previous record sets for warm Augusts would be in the 30s and 40s.
Qlander
4/09/2009 2:52:30 PM

For some reason that link doesn't seem to work. Just Google 'Fire and ice'. No scientific theories or hoopla. Just a factual timeline of climate based media reporting and 'scientific?' comment for the last 110 years.

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