Afternoon Temperatures In Australia Peaked In 1878

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Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology ignores all pre-1910 temperatures, because it was warmer in Australia then – and that wrecks their scam.

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5 Responses to Afternoon Temperatures In Australia Peaked In 1878

  1. Andy DC says:

    Those jumbo jets in 1878 must have really been something!

  2. TedL says:

    In the March 13, 2016 Minneapolis newspaper Paul Douglas noted that this year’s ice- out on Lake Minnetonka was the earliest since March 11, 1878. Which begs the question – what happened in 1878? Here in Minnesota it made the news as the year with no winter. According to the U of M climate website:

    The winter of 1877-1878 — the so-called winter without a winter — was one of the most extreme and anomalous events in Upper Midwest meteorological history. Average temperatures at the St. Paul Signal Corps station were far above winter normals: 34 F in December 1877 (with an overnight minimum temperature of 45 F on 22 December), 22 F in January 1878, 32 F in February 1878 and 45 F in March 1878. As these values suggest, springlike temperatures prevailed throughout much of the winter, provoking the 2 March 1878 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press to comment that “….yesterday was the first day of spring, in theory, but in fact we have had the first days of spring nearly all winter….”

    Lots more interesting detail can be found at http://climate.umn.edu/doc/journal/wint77_78.html.

    However, this extreme weather was not limited just to the Midwest. On the other side of the globe, in 1878 Australia experienced the highest summertime temperatures ever recorded in that country. Australian meteorologist Jennifer Marohasy discusses this on her blog http://jennifermarohasy.com/2014/09/homogenisation-of-williamstown-temperatures-draws-attention-to-hot-newcastle-in-1878/ .

    Record hot weather was also seen in South America. In the journal Climate Change, Patricio Aceituno and his colleagues document the extraordinary weather events in a 2009 article titled “The 1877-1878 El Nino episode: associated impacts in South America.” http://www.met.igp.gob.pe/publicaciones/2009/aceituno_et_al_2009.pdf

    Although the measured temperature record for 1878 is less extensive than the present, where comparable data are available, the El Nino of 1877-1878 was far hotter than that of 2015-2016, and is arguably the hottest period in the last 200 years. What caused that burst of heat remains an interesting question.

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