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.