Record Heat In Sydney

In January, the usual batch of fraudsters were touting record heat of 116 degrees in Sydney.

Sydney nearly breaks heat record with 116-degree weather – CBS News

The hottest official temperature in Sydney was 110 degrees. January maximum temperatures in Sydney averaged a blistering 82 degrees, three degrees cooler than January 1896.

Sydney had three days above 90 degrees this year, compared to ten days in 1896.

The Sydney Observatory thermometer is carefully situated next to a couple dozen lanes of asphalt, with a tall building reflecting the afternoon sun on to the thermometer.

West of Sydney, Bourke averaged 110 degrees during January 1896.

And they had thirteen consecutive days over 110 degrees.

Eighty-two degrees may seem unbearable, but in 1790 and 1791 Sydney  had no rain for six months and birds were falling dead from the trees from the heat.

27 Jun 1902 – Drought. – Trove

The New York Times reported 127 degrees in the shade in Adelaide in January 1896. My parents spent a January in Adelaide in the 1980’s, and said it never made it above 100 degrees.

TimesMachine: August 18, 1896

 And of course, we must not forget the terrifying sea level rise occurring in Sydney too. Exactly the same sea level as 130 years ago.

2016

Pre-1885.

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14 Responses to Record Heat In Sydney

  1. MrZ says:

    Tony,
    You often comment on fraudulent UHI and TOBS adjustments.
    Have a look here as well.
    The WMO rule is that Average Temperature is (MIN+MAX)/2. In the graph I have calculated the diff between the WMO formula and the true average. USCRN SUBHOURLY statistics has 5 minute resolution and enables such comparison. I took Ivotuk (26564) by random and graphed years 2015 to 2018 for the month of June. I have only included days with 288 OK readings.
    As we can see the suns’ warming profile differs a lot from day to day and one wonders how relevant the WMO formula is.

  2. spike55 says:

    One hot day, when the weather condition were just right for heat.

    The rest of summer was actually quite moderate.

    Not much “hot ” weather to talk about at all.

    And as they say. BELOW the high temp of 80 years ago.

    That’s warming for you…..

    Sounds like a cooling trend to me. ;-)

  3. Mohatdebos says:

    Interesting. I have hosted delegations from Australia in Detroit for a number of years. I have noted that the coldest days in Detroit were quite often the warmest in Australia (Melbourne).

  4. feathers says:

    Awesome Tony! And where is the MSM’s coverage about Australia’s record cold this July? My sister is visiting from Australia and told me about the 35F morning they recently had. Here is a story that was buried by the MSM from mid-July: https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/no-early-let-up-for-sydney-s-overnight-shivers-as-cold-records-tumble-20180715-p4zrkw.html

    and another: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/07/15/australia-cold-weather/

  5. Anon says:

    Here is another about Australia:

    Ontario may or may not have had global warming in the late 20th century but there is a whole continent that missed out on it together. The following chart shows the lower troposphere temperature anomaly for Australia since the satellites went up in 1978.

    [See chart in article.]

    Australia’s atmospheric temperature has been a paragon of stability. There has been no increase over the last 40 years. Since global warming has to start in the atmosphere, there has been no global warming in Australia. No Australian under the age of 40 has experienced global warming. Given the way the Sun is going, they are likely to miss out altogether.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/15/the-land-that-global-warming-forgot/

  6. arn says:

    Really clever to surround a weather station by thousands of squareyeards of
    concrete and asphalt and sun reflecting windows
    + the station is in a kind of bowl(the round street/bridge-thing) which
    helps keeping temperature more and wind away.

  7. BruceC says:

    Better pic of Observatory Hill

  8. dp says:

    Popoia Island (aka Flat Island) just off Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii – no detectable change. Same with the beach front at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu – compare to photos taken in the 1940’s. No detectable change. Recall too that all the Hawaiian islands are subsiding with time. One would think by now the lobby of the hotel would be inundated.

  9. spike55 says:

    There are probably some temperature stations in Australia that are even more horribly positioned than Sydney’s Observatory Hill.

    But not many.

    Hobart’s Battery St would give it a run for top place. !!

  10. spike55 says:

    I remember getting stuck in a traffic jam in that spiral cutting ages ago.

    Wasn’t summer thank goodness, but it sure was no pleasant.

    The heat build-up was incredible.

    Thankfully I don’t live in Sydney any more.

  11. RAH says:

    Weather stations/thermometers are very much like telescopes. When they are located in metropolitan areas their observational utility is limited.

  12. RB. says:

    “My parents spent a January in Adelaide in the 1980’s, and said it never made it above 100 degrees.”
    I was going to call BS on that having lived quite a few years in Adelaide but 1980 did have only 95°F as the highest in Jan.

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