The hottest summer on record: Experts react

Mar 01, 2013 by Charis Palmer, The Conversation
Australia just experienced the hottest summer on record. Credit: Leonard Matthews

Data analysis from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed last summer was the hottest on record, with January the hottest month recorded since 1910, when records began.

across the country came in at 28.6°C, more than one degree above normal, according to the Bureau, exceeding the previous record set in the summer of 1997-98 by more than 0.1°C.

The heatwave seen in the first three weeks of January was widespread, with 14 of the 112 locations used in long-term climate monitoring experiencing their hottest day on record during the summer– the largest number in any single summer.

Record temperatures were also set in two capital cities; Sydney with 45.8°C and Hobart with 41.8°C.

Summer rainfall was at its lowest since 2004-05 and Victoria had its driest summer since 1984-85 and South Australia since 1985-86.

"This summer follows a pattern of extremely hot summers in various parts of the world over the past few years," the Bureau said in a statement.

"While the final numbers for the Southern Hemisphere summer will not be confirmed until mid- March, it was the hottest December on record for land areas of the Southern Hemisphere, followed by the hottest January."

"The Bureau of Meteorology is the premier organisation in Australia for collecting and analysing observations around weather and climate," said Professor Andy Pitman, co-director of the Climate Change Research Centre at University of .

"And their systematic analysis of those data demonstrate a remarkable set of records around which the community recognises is entirely consistent with global warming," Professor Pitman said.

"The question I would ask is how much proof do you need? Because the evidence is definitive that extremes are changing over Australia as a consequence of global warming."

The data is likely to have an impact on people's perceptions of climate change, said John Cook, climate communication fellow at University of Queensland.

"Peoples' attitude towards climate change is quite malleable, it's influenced even by how hot it is on the day you ask them about climate change.

"Weather is how people experience climate change."

Mr Cook said people often asked scientists to "prove ", but this was really the wrong question.

"We already have many lines of evidence for it. This is not proof of it but it's what we expect to see. What we're experiencing is something scientists have been predicting for years."

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Maggnus
3.7 / 5 (19) Mar 01, 2013
I predict it will be a hotter than average summer across the northern hemisphere as well.

I say that cause I gets paid by dem green climate whoring econazis, has nothing to do with the science!! I make millions!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHA!
Egleton
3 / 5 (7) Mar 02, 2013
I say, steady on Magnus.
(Where did you say you went for your pay? I think I would be eligible.)
antigoracle
1 / 5 (7) Mar 27, 2013
I predict it will be a hotter than average summer across the northern hemisphere as well.

I say that cause I gets paid by dem green climate whoring econazis, has nothing to do with the science!! I make millions!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHA!
-- magganusTurd
Nope. You say that because you are a ReTurd
Maggnus
3.7 / 5 (7) Mar 27, 2013
(Where did you say you went for your pay? I think I would be eligible.)


I can't tell you for sure, cause none has arrived yet, but someone along the way said that if you say "global warming" and "biofuel" at the same time, people run to give you grant money.

I keep saying it out loud, but I must be getting the annunciation wrong or something.
Maggnus
3.9 / 5 (7) Mar 27, 2013
Nope. You say that because you are a ReTurd


Hang on, I almost got a care happening - oh, nope, still bored of you.

Oh hey, you can answer this one!

If your father/brother divorces your mother/cousin and marries your daughter/cousin, does that make him your brother/cousin? And does that mean you start calling your daughter/cousin step-ma? Just look around the room, and take your time, I'm sure you can figure it out.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (8) Mar 27, 2013
Nope. You say that because you are a ReTurd


Hang on, I almost got a care happening - oh, nope, still bored of you.

Oh hey, you can answer this one!

If your father/brother divorces your mother/cousin and marries your daughter/cousin, does that make him your brother/cousin? And does that mean you start calling your daughter/cousin step-ma? Just look around the room, and take your time, I'm sure you can figure it out.
-- magganusTurd
Answer me this - If your mamma takes a dump, would you have a brother or a sister?
Maggnus
3.9 / 5 (7) Mar 27, 2013
Answer me this - If your mamma takes a dump, would you have a brother or a sister?


YAWN! Yep, still boring. Might try a little originality.
deepsand
2.4 / 5 (14) Mar 27, 2013
Isn't AO just the cutest little addle brained fecal pate?
antigoracle
1 / 5 (8) Mar 28, 2013
Isn't AO just the cutest little addle brained fecal pate?
-- deepsandTurd
Oh, my favorite Turd is back to pway wid me. Now where is that toilet paper.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (9) Mar 28, 2013
Isn't AO just the cutest little addle brained fecal pate?
-- deepsandTurd
I really should not have expected a ReTurd to get it, but the name is - anti gor(e) acle ... antigoracle... Get it? No. Well don't blow that lone brain cell on it.
deepsand
3.2 / 5 (11) Mar 29, 2013
Yes, AO, I got it. What you seem to have not grasped is that your way of parsing a character string is not the only possibility, that your fixation with fecal matter in fact suggests a more relevant parsing.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (8) Mar 29, 2013
..your fixation with fecal matter...
-- deepsandTurd
Yes, I do admit a fascination with you, not because you're Fecal Matter, but because I've never encountered anyone with such unimaginable stupidity.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Mar 29, 2013
Why is it that subects like climate, ozone hole depletion, ecolution, relativity and virtually all other topics of modern science bring out Ignorant Conservative Scumbags like antigoracle?

deepsand
2.8 / 5 (9) Mar 29, 2013
..your fixation with fecal matter...
-- deepsandTurd
Yes, I do admit a fascination with you, not because you're Fecal Matter, but because I've never encountered anyone with such unimaginable stupidity.

Your preoccupation with fecal matter well precedes your first encounter with me, so you're going to have to come up with a better excuse than that.

As for "unimaginable stupidity," your problem is that you cannot see yourself for what you are.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (6) Mar 30, 2013
Your preoccupation with fecal matter well precedes your first encounter with me....
-- deepsandTurd
Before, I only imagined you could exist, and now you have exceeded my expectations. You are the perfect subject Fecal Matter.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (6) Mar 30, 2013
Why is it that subects like climate, ozone hole depletion, ecolution, relativity and virtually all other topics of modern science bring out Ignorant Conservative Scumbags like antigoracle?
-- VendicarTurd
What anger and hate. I must hereby pronounce thee -- Diarrheal Turd.
What is ecolution?
deepsand
2.5 / 5 (8) Mar 30, 2013
AO continues to struggle in vain against his inevitable sinking to the bottom of the cesspool.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (7) Mar 31, 2013
AO continues to struggle in vain against his inevitable sinking to the bottom of the cesspool.
The bottom of the cesspool, is that an invitation to visit you home? Thanks, but no thanks, Turdy.
deepsand
2.6 / 5 (10) Mar 31, 2013
AO's been down so long it looks like up to him.

He needs to see the chaplain about getting his TS card punched.

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