Tuesday, 1 March 2016

To BoM and MSM, Anything above Average is a Scorcher.

Chris Gilham

Leo's small carbon footprint rowboat at the World Cup
Leonardo DiCaprio probably bases his greenhouse beliefs on what he hears and reads in the mainstream media (MSM) to determine that the climate has never been hotter and is threatening our entire species.

Example from page 3 of The West Australian newspaper this morning …

The four days of 40º+ were established because Perth Metro snuck over 39.9ºC for about 10 minutes on 10 February. The four days averaged 41.1ºC vs 42.8ºC in the 1933 four day run to which they refer.

Perth Metro's seven summer days above 40ºC don’t match Perth Airport’s record 10 days above 40ºC averaging 41.2ºC in 1961/62 (Perth Airport this summer was also seven days above 40ºC and averaging 41.8ºC).

Perth Metro’s warmest day of 42.5ºC on 8 February compares to a Metro record of 44.5ºC in 1997 and an RO record of 46.2ºC in 1991.

WA’s hottest 2015/16 summer day of 47.8ºC on 12 February at Mardie compares to Mardie’s summer records since 1957 of 48.8ºC in December 1986, 49.0ºC in Jan 2010 and 50.5ºC in Feb 1998.

Perth Metro’s February 2016 mean temperature was 25.0ºC compared to the station’s 1994-2015 average of 25.1ºC.

Perth Metro’s DJF summer mean temperature was 24.5ºC compared to the station’s 1994-2015 summer average of 24.2ºC.

Within the same timeframe, Perth Airport’s ACORN 2016 February mean temperature was 25.1ºC compared to the station’s 1994-2015 Feb average of 25.3ºC.

Perth Airport’s DJF summer had a mean of 24.6ºC compared to the station’s 1994-2015 summer average of 24.4ºC.

Perth Metro's 2015/16 summer mean max of 31.2ºC fell well short of the Perth RO record hot summer of 32.0ºC in 1977/78, and it was Perth Metro’s coolest summer mean max since 2008/09.

At beachside Swanbourne where West Australians fled to escape the scorcher, the Feb 2016 mean was 0.3ºC below the station's 1993-2015 average, while the summer mean was 0.2ºC above average.

Brisbane’s Courier Mail promotes one of its stories today with "It has been a ridiculously hot summer but we can expect some cooler weather and lots of rain coming up.” linking here.

Courier Mail Photo. Picture: David Caird.
"He said the El Niño continued to dominate the climate in Australia, keeping it hot over summer, but the epic weather event, which has a drying influence, is expected to weaken in the middle of this year.” "Right across the country we saw a scorching summer with warmer than average temperatures. Dr Watkins said southern parts of the country experienced short, sharp heat events but WA suffered through prolonged heatwaves." “In early February there were four days in a row over 40C in Perth, equalling the record set in 1933,” he said. "On February 11, nine of the hottest spots in the world were in WA"
The ridiculously hot summer of 2015/16 in Brisbane saw a mean temp of 25.8ºC compared to the station’s 1999-2015 summer average of 25.4ºC. 

Brisbane 2015/16 summer mean maximum was 30.6ºC, cooler than the summers of 2001/02, 2003/04 and 2005/06. It was 30.5ºC in 1888/89 and Brisbane’s hottest summer mean maximum at any location was 32.0ºC in 1911/12.

This at the peak of what’s said to be one of the biggest El Niños on record. The BoM and MSM are devoted to climate change and it seems that anything above average is a scorcher, a summer of extremes or among the hottest on record.


  1. But! But! The Climate Council says that disaster is imminent with an impressive offering about killer heat and health. And, of course, another contribution asserting record heat. And then - please donate.

    Hmmmm? Is there a connection?

  2. Interestingly, ACORN shows that Perth had 6 days of +40C in Jan 1933.
    19330205 40.1
    19330206 41.2
    19330207 45.6
    19330208 45.9
    19330209 43.6
    19330210 41.4

  3. You might find it hilarious hot the scientists can interpret the results to make CO2 looks bad when in fact data shows otherwise.

    In this study that I just red they insect pest was badly effected by increased CO2 when reared on wheat, which is a good news? But there is more to the story apparently, seems they had to look so hard .

    Check It for yourself; http://www.nature.com/articles/srep22785

    It is only me that this study days that eCO2 will reduce number of insect pests in our crops?

  4. Sorry for the typos, I can blame the predictive text function on my mobile

    1. I can emphasise with your dismay at the predictive text typos. I have made many myself.

      As to the paper -

      "It is only me that this study days that eCO2 will reduce number of insect pests in our crops?"

      From the Abstract:
      "We expect potentially lower future aphid populations on noninfected plants but no change or increased aphid populations on virus-infected plants therefore subsequent virus spread."

      And from the discussion:
      "Generally, herbivorous insects will be worse off under future predicted CO2 concentrations, as lower nutritional plant quality will have an impact on the development of immature stages and result in increased mortality."

      Seems a little each way bet?

  5. Do you guys think the majority of climate scientists are simply wrong, they're part of a conspiracy to get greater funding or they're beholden to the green left or something else?

  6. I agree, looking at temperature extremes from just a few locations doesn’t show a clear picture of what is going on, even if it does help sell newspapers. In the same year some places might be hotter than usual and others cooler for many localised reasons. I came across an article on record breaking temperatures by Sophie Lewis and Andrew King that took a broader perspective by looking at many sites right across Australia. They found that since 1960 it has become more and more likely for high temperature records to be broken compared to low temperature records. Between 2000 and 2014 breaking a high temperature record was twelve times more common than breaking a cold temperature record.
    Here’s link to the article:


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