January 1896 was 21 Degrees Hotter In NSW Than This Year’s Record Heatwave

BOM says that this summer is the hottest ever, because it was only 21 degrees cooler than 1896. From January 1-24 1896, maximum temperatures near Bourke averaged 120 degrees, compared to 99 degrees in 2014.

ScreenHunter_343 Jan. 25 04.50

HOTTEST OF HOT WAVES ON RECORD. – How It Struck Sweltering New South Wales in January Last. – View Article – NYTimes.com

Weather History for Bourke Post Office, #HISTORY.statename | Weather Underground

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9 Responses to January 1896 was 21 Degrees Hotter In NSW Than This Year’s Record Heatwave

  1. Eric Simpson says:

    And now we have perhaps record cold for January, and a Feb 2nd Ice Bowl. This is the strange face of gore-bull warming. I like the pictures at this post that Drudge is linking to as his main story right now: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545153/U-S-braces-coldest-month-century.html

  2. Mohatdebos says:

    NYT is really good at diversionary tactics. They report on how hot it is somewhere else in the world whenever it gets cold in the US. I am sure they have ordered their reporters to find shaman willing to claim that the extreme cold we are having is because it is warmer somewhere else.

  3. Aard Knox says:

    Steve, where did you get your 1896 figures for Bourke?
    I have a PDF downloaded from the Bureau of Meteorology for the Bourke Post Office which shows most temps considerably lower than yours.
    At first I suspected the BoM might have got the apprentice to convert the old Fahrenheit temps to metric (/SARC) but then I found this;
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15025008
    These temps, reported by the SMH in 1909 are very close to the ones I have.

  4. Chewer says:

    I wonder if the temperature was the same on this date in 1685?
    No mosquito’s on a normal summer day 😉
    http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/89799.html

  5. Andy Oz says:

    Shock news: Sanity returns to the Bureau of Meteorology.
    BOM is predicting normal temperature for next 3 months.
    http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/temps_ahead.shtml

    “Climate influences
    The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral, with the majority of atmospheric and oceanic indicators close to their long-term average. Dynamical models surveyed by the Bureau suggest ENSO-neutral conditions are likely to persist at least for the next three months.
    Oceans surrounding Australia are also expected to remain close to their 1981-2010 average. Atmospheric pressures may be below average over some southern areas.”

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