From John Ray's shorter notes
January 11, 2019
Australian Warmists spin like a top
How do you spin a COOLING temperature? You call it the third warmest! Both statements are true but their implications differ greatly, though neither foretells the future. Below is the graph put out by Australia's great temple of Warmism, the BoM -- well-known "fiddlers" of temperature data
It shows a roughly one degree temperature increase since about 1960. Australia is not the world, however, so a more informative graph is the global satellite record, the only truly global measure of temperature
The satellites show about a 0.2 degree rise on average since 1999. That is one fifth of one degree Celsius. One fifth of one degree -- that tiny amount is enough to keep Warmists tumescent. But you may understand that skeptics vary between saying it is trivial to saying it is not significant at all.
But that's not all of the bad news for warmism. The satellite graph shows clearly that the temperature has been DECLINING since 2016. Are we entering a period of global cooling? Could be. The truth however is that nobody knows. Temperatures on earth have been warmer and have been cooler. Anything is possible.
Temperatures have risen in fits and starts over the last century or so but nobody knows why and nobody can tell whether or for how long that will continue. The one certainty is that temperatures do not remotely track CO2 levels. From 1945 to 1975 global temperatures stayed flat on average while CO2 levels rose sharply. That is a total contradiction of Warmist theory
2018 was Australia’s third hottest year on record. You’re not imagining it, it really is hot out there. And, no, it’s not just summer as usual. The last 12 months have been abnormally hot.
If you thought it was hotter than usual last year, you weren’t wrong. Climate experts have confirmed it was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, with every state and territory recording above average temperatures in 2018.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) annual climate statement, the nation’s average temperature last year was 1.14C above the average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017.
“When we look across all of Australia in 2018, we can see that every single state and territory had above average day and night-time temperatures,” the Bureau’s senior climatologist Lynette Bettio said in a statement on Thursday.
Only 2005 and 2013 were warmer.
Nine of the 10 warmest years on record in Australia have occurred since 2005. Dr Bettio said the only part of the country to buck the trend for above average temperatures was Western Australia’s Kimberley Region, which had cooler than average nights for the year.
The BOM also said rainfall totals in Australia in 2018 were the lowest since 2005.
The total was 11 per cent below the 1961-1990 average, but many areas experienced significantly lower average rainfalls, the bureau found. Dr Bettio said large areas of southeast Australia had rainfall totals in the lowest 10 per cent on record.
New South Wales had its sixth-driest year on record while the Murray-Darling Basin had its seventh driest.
However, some parts of northern Australia and southeast Western Australia received above-average rainfall totals.
The Bureau’s statement follows a run of exceptionally high temperatures around the nation late last month, along with a prolonged heatwave in Queensland in late November and early December.
Globally, 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service assessment, released on Tuesday. The last four years have seen the highest average temperatures globally since records began in the 19th century.
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