The cicadas know…

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I talked to that one just yesterday… Winking smile

2013 was Australia’s warmest year since records began in 1910. Mean temperatures across Australia have generally been well above average since September 2012. Long periods of warmer-than-average days have been common, with a distinct lack of cold weather. Nights have also been warmer than average, but less so than days.

The Australian area-averaged mean temperature for 2013 was +1.20 °C above the 1961–1990 average. Maximum temperatures were +1.45 °C above average, and minimum temperatures +0.94 °C above average. Temperatures were above average across nearly all of Australia for maximum, mean and minimum temperatures, with large areas of inland and southern Australia experiencing the highest on record for each.

Australia has experienced just one cooler-than-average year (2011) in the last decade. The 10-year mean temperature for 2004–2013 was 0.50 °C above average, the equal-highest on record. Averages for each of the ten-year periods from 1995–2004 to 2004–2013 have been amongst the top ten records.

The Australian mean rainfall total for 2013 was 428 mm (37 mm below the long-term average of 465 mm). In comparison with rainfall in all years since 1900, 2013 sits close to the median or mid-point of historical observations…

See also 2013 confirmed as Australia’s hottest year on record where there is the usual range of comments. Here is one:

love my footy Truestory

and the other side of the world is having their coldest winters so stop babbling and get over it , people like you are the ones that supported Gillards hopeless carbon tax which has failed on all counts

OK, let’s talk about the other side of the world then: It’s That Time Again. The Willful Ignorance of Right Wing Snow Trolling.

It’s time again.

There’s snow, so there can’t be global warming. I guess I’ll have to update my video on this, yet again. This one is from 2009, a period of extreme winter weather in the US, just before the drought and heat events of 2010-2012 –  but still applies.

See also Michael Taylor.

Yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology published its Annual Climate Statement 2013. Don’t be surprised to learn that it hasn’t been reported in the Murdoch media. And neither it should: it contains facts that counter the denialist claims often harped by its senior writers.

Australia boiled in 2013 yet the only references to the weather I can find on the front page of Murdoch’s news.com are that severe storms blanket the US in snow and that Canada is colder than Mars. Nice little stories, don’t you think, that shy away from what’s happening to the weather in Australia?

The Bureau’s Annual Climate Statement is too important to ignore. If the Murdoch media chose to conveniently ignore it then it is up to the independent media to disseminate it. I am producing it here in the hope that our readers do just that. The statement can be accessed through the above link. Below is a summary of the main findings…

See also my post from October 2013 Last night’s Q&A and climate change.