The cooling and greening of Wollongong (and Eastern Australia)

Rain, rain, rain. We are all La Nina-ed out here in The Gong! But the green things love it.

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It’s hard to imagine global warming at the moment…

Maximum temperatures averaged across Australia were 0.55°C below normal, 11th coolest in 62 years of record. Most of the country was close to normal, with parts of the west and east significantly cooler than normal. NSW had a particularly cool summer, with an anomaly of −1.71°C, the 2nd coolest on record. Conversely, Tasmania had a particularly warm summer, measuring its 3rd warmest summer.

Temperatures more than 1°C cooler than normal were recorded over the WA interior extending into northwest SA, as well as southern Queensland and the northeastern half of NSW. Anomalies of −3 to −4°C were recorded in an area from Charleville in Queensland, south to Dubbo in NSW. Large parts of these regions were in the bottom decile of maximum temperature records, with a large area of decile 1 in the WA interior, and also covering much of southern Queensland and northeast NSW. A large part of northeast NSW recorded its coolest summer on record (29% of the NSW area). Heavy rainfall during summer was a major contributor to these low maximum temperatures…

Source

Or, to visualise:

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Of course those of us very long in the tooth have been here before, as I recalled in December 2010: Thursday poetry video: Dorothea Mackellar plus weather. And I wouldn’t let the weather in our spot on the globe trick you into assumptions about climate either. There are other spots, and a bigger picture, as again can be visualised.

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See State of the Climate Global Analysis January 2012.

The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for January 2012 was the 19th warmest on record at 12.35°C (54.23°F), which is 0.35°C (0.63°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F). The margin of error associated with this temperature is +/- 0.08°C (0.14°F). This January is the coolest of all months on record since February 2008. However, it also marks the 26th January and 323rd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below average temperatures was February 1985.

However, that doesn’t affect the fact we here in The Gong have had a dog a a summer, in some ways. Mind you I don’t really miss runs of 40C days!

The Illawarra Mercury has a nice slide show for this grey season just past.