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Latest weather extremes prepared 1853 EDT, Saturday, 20 December 2014
State-by-state daily extremes Severe and noteworthy observations today
Hottest Coldest Wettest     Full list Windiest (km/h)     Full list
WA: 41.3 at 1500 MARBLE BAR
NT: 39.6 at 1630 RABBIT FLAT
QLD: 40.4 at 1700 CENTURY MINE
NSW: 12.2 at 1800 THREDBO AWS
VIC: 11.6 at 1800 MOUNT BAW BAW
TAS: 7.1 at 1800 MOUNT READ
WA: 17.5 at 1515 KATANNING
NT: 26.5 at 1652 YULARA AERO
QLD: 21.0 at 1700 JIMNA FORESTRY
Highest short duration falls:
1.8 in 7min to 1652
4.0 in 30min to 1500
Highest since 9am
30.2 to 1830
23.2 to 1500
51 gusting 66/SSW at 1500
48 gusting 66/SSW at 1519
44 gusting 64/SSE at 1500
38 gusting 61/ S at 1502

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  • 3 December 2014 - Bureau Statement issued on record hot spring. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Special Climate Statement on the spring just finished, which was the hottest nationally since standardised records began in 1910. Not only was it the hottest spring, at 1.67°C above the national average, but it was the hottest of any season recorded, eclipsing 1.64°C above average set in autumn 2005. It was also the second spring in a row to break the record for spring heat. The full Statement is here.
  • 25 November 2014 - Sweden loses highest peak to global warming. Here's an unusual impact of climate change. Most of us are aware that the gradual warming of the globe is impacting on climate, weather, vegetation, crops and animal and insect life, but as this article shows, it is about to demote Sweden's highest peak to second place. The impact on tourism is expected to be immense, but already vegetation and snowmelt in the area has changed, and "reindeer calves are dying because their mothers aren't getting enough water to make milk, and the herders are struggling".
  • 20 September 2014 - NOAA analysis shows record high global temperature in August. NOAA's just-published Global Analysis for August 2014 shows temperatures across land and ocean areas combined was a record high for August, coming in 0.75C above the twentieth century average and breaking the previous record set in 1998. However, for ocean areas the August temperatures went through the roof. The report says "For the ocean, the August global sea surface temperature was 0.65°C above the 20th century average of 16.4°C. This record high departure from average not only beats the previous August record set in 2005 by 0.08°C, but also beats the previous all-time record set just two months ago in June 2014 by 0.03°C." The full report gives details of temperature and precipitation anomalies globally and a map showing major climate and weather events.
  • 20 September 2014 - New NexGen forecasts for NT complete rollout of Bureau's upgrade Australia-wide. During October 2014, the Bureau of Meteorology will extend its NexGen Forecast and Warning System to the Northern Territory, thus completing the rollout of this new system nationwide. The date in October, subject to technical and operational requirements, is expected to be the 8th. Seven day forecasts will be available for 96 NT locations, normally updated twice daily, while new forecast elements will also help those in agricultural pursuits. There will be special seven day forecasts available for the Kakadu, Litchfield and Uluru Kata-Tjuta national parks. There will be new district forecast boundaries. Upgraded coastal waters forecasts will be made out to 4 days and include more detail. For more information go here, and while there check the links to brochures for the different types of forecast that show samples and area boundaries.
  • 9 September 2014 - Forecast lower El Niño development likelihood continues. The Bureau of Meteorology's latest ENSO wrap-up says that, despite some warming in the tropical Pacific over the past month, ENSO remains neutral. It cautions, however, that there is still more than double the normal chance of an El Niño developing by the end of the year.
  • 4 September 2014 - Bureau Climate Outlook upgraded. The Bureau of Meteorology's monthly and seasonal rainfall and temperature outlook has been given a major facelift that allows you to extract what it means for your location. The maps for rainfall, maximumum and minimum temperature probabilities for each of the next three months, and the whole period, are now interactive. You can zoom in on an area, click your location, and up comes a box with the specific probabilities for that location. This improvement follows the addition a while ago of a video version of the outlook.
  • 15 August 2014 - Cairns radar upgrade. The radar on Saddle Mountain, NW of Cairns, is to undergo a major upgrade between 18 August and 1 November. During that time, reduced services will be available for the area from Cairns Airport radar. These will not be full-time services, because the radar is also used four times daily for upper air wind-finding observations, and the area of coverage is not as broad as that offered from Saddle Mountain. Townsville radar to the SSE and Weipa to the NW both cover parts of the Cairns radar area 24 hours a day, while Willis Island covers the maritime area to the east of Cairns in wind-finding mode.
  • 13 August 2014 - Forecast lower chance of El Nino developing continue. Despite some recent signs of El Nino development, forecast models continue to be 50/50 as to whether there will be an El Nino in Australia over the coming summer period, and even if there is the expectation is that it will be mild. Details are in the latest Bureau El Nino Wrap-up, and the more detailed Climate Model Summary. Offsetting the signs of a developing El Nino in the Pacific is a continuing negative Indian Ocean Dipole outlook. Negative IODs typically bring wetter conditions to inland and southern Australia during winter and spring.
  • 8 August 2014 - Weather Warnings page updated. An updated page that provides links to, and explanations of, weather warnings for Australia, other countries, oceans and some experimental warning services is available - use the Warnings link in the links box on the main forecasts page, or use this direct link.
  • 27 July 2014 - New meteogram links page introduced. A new page that provides links to, and explanations of, some of the most useful meteogram pages for Australian locations on the web has been introduced. Meteograms are either graphs or tables, and sometimes both, that show the forecast weather for one place using a horizontal timeline with various weather elements placed vertically. They are useful for seeing changes in weather through the day (e.g. how much rain is happening at different times) as well as seeing how the different weather elements change in sympathy with one another (e.g. a cold change brings a temperature drop, rain and strong winds). Use the Meteograms link in the links box on the main forecasts page, or use this direct link.
  • 24 July 2014 - Global climate for June. NOAA's monthly analysis of climate and extremes for June is available. June had the highest average global temperature (land and ocean included) since its record database began in 1880, following a record high in May. April was also a record high but equalled that set in April 2010, and this followed fourth warmest months in January and March. The year to date (January to June) figures show that a large part of eastern Australia recorded its warmest first half of the year on record. The average ocean temperature for June 2014 was the highest on record for any month of the year since records began. While this NOAA National Climatic Data Center website is primarily USA focussed, it has several useful global sections available in the pull-down menus though some have ceased to be updated.


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