Updated Bourke Heatwave Comparison

January 1896 was much hotter at Bourke, NSW than this year’s “record” heat.  No surprise that BOM hides pre-1910 data.

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3 Responses to Updated Bourke Heatwave Comparison

  1. John of Cloverdale, Western Australia says:

    That’s an inconvenient fact for the BoM. But, of course, they brush history off :
    “Last year was Australia’s third-hottest on record and Anita Pyne, from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said people should get used to it.”
    “We can’t attribute any one particular heatwave to climate change but we do know that as the earth warms that we will get more frequent heatwaves and we will get more intense heatwaves,” she said.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/bom-warns-of-scorching-sydney-weather-with-top-of-45c/10723824

    Jo Nova shows how widespread the January 1896 heatwave was (get out your atlas :-)).
    (I think I posted this link before, on your previous post on Bourke heat)
    http://joannenova.com.au/2012/11/extreme-heat-in-1896-panic-stricken-people-fled-the-outback-on-special-trains-as-hundreds-die/

  2. John F. Hultquist says:

    US and OZ folks are having a race to the bottom to see
    how much of their history they can forget.

  3. nfw says:

    I remember reading not so long ago, but can’t find it, that the BoM has new temp measuring equipment which shows the data in one second intervals as opposed to the old analog thermometer’s best day guess and even other national weather organisations which use, I think, 5 second smoothing. Therefore all it takes is one anomalous gust of particularly hot wind to peak the BoM temperature and make a (more) complete joke of its records.

    Perhaps somebody who knows might be able to find the information and provide a better explanation as to why the BoM data is comparing apples and cumquats.

    As for the BoM it didn’t see the last two cold (for mid summer, I was wearing a jumper for a few hours) days and rain in its forecasts last week.

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