Wednesday 17 MAY 2017
 

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Wednesday 17 May 2017

Climate & climate change briefs

  • Last month was globally the second-warmest April in 137 years of modern, global record-keeping according to NASA, following straight on from the hottest on record last year. At 0.88°C above the 1951 - 1980 baseline, it was the third in a row of second-highest months this year. One of the key drivers has been exceptionally high Arctic temperatures, with year-on-year warmth creating record high temperatures and low sea-ice concentrations, spreading high April temperatures across northern continents. More here from Climate Central.
  • Alaska has had a remarkable 17 months in a row of high to very high temperatures since November 2015, only coming to an end in March 2017 as this neat sequence of satellite images from NASA's Earth Observatory shows. The cold in March was severe (as low as -46°C) but brief, with April 2017 again being unusually warm.
  • Alaska has also demonstrated another byproduct of warmer temperatures, with the state's topsoil tundra expelling 70% more carbon dioxide than it did forty years ago. In a process common to all Arctic tundras, the topsoil is thawing faster after winter and taking much longer to freeze before the next winter. "Whereas soils 40 years ago took about a month to completely freeze over, the process can now take three months or longer" says the Guardian, reporting on a new report, and pointing out that "Arctic permafrost contains roughly twice as much carbon as the Earth’s entire atmosphere." Put another way, it represents more than two and a half centuries of our current rate of carbon release through fossil fuel burning and the production of cement.
  • "It is hard to explain the feeling of being the President of a country reading a report that supposedly condemns your country to oblivion," Dr Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, said at this year's ST Lee Lecture at the Australian National University. "Now is not the time to be debating the science, trashing solar power, or building new coal mines," she said. "I can assure you it does influence the way Australia is viewed in the Pacific... We refuse to be the so-called climate refugees." [ABC News]
  • Dr Heine's speech comes in the second week of UN negotiations in Bonn seeking ways of financing the impending climate losses posed by sea levels rising much faster than expected. Other problems include drought making the growing of crops impossible in some regions resulting in migration or starvation and death. Research released at the negotiations says that about $50 billion a year would be needed by 2020 to help people who lose their land and culture or are forced to migrate as a result of climate-related problems, and this would rise to at least $300 billion a year by 2030. This is on top of the $100 billion already promised by richer to poorer nations under the Paris Agreement. [Thomson Reuters Foundation via Floodlist].
  • While the United States administration has said that it will renege on the Paris Agreement and is currently considering its position, China and India are just getting on with reducing coal consumption and moving to renewables. It is expected their actions will reduce global carbon emissions growth by two to three billion tonnes by 2030, compared with forecasts made a year ago [Radio New Zealand]. India solar power companies have been setting record after record for cheap power from sunshine to the point where it is now well below thermal coal generation - 2.62 rupees per kilowatt-hour compared to 3.20 rupees per kWh. Wind energy is also dropping rapidly, now 3.46 rupees per kWh [Climate Central].
  • Australia's twelve projected large-scale solar plants have been put on a firm footing with funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency reaching “financial close” this month [The Guardian]. Meanwhile, an interesting article here from The Conversation on why 2° of global warming would be much worse for Australia than the desired 1.5°.

Records set or equalled today

These records are based on data that has been checked for gross errors but has not yet been fully validated. They are based on data received as at 1402 EST on 18/05/2017. Help in interpreting these statistics and information on quality control is here.

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Highest daily average wind speed - anemometer above 3m (km/h)

SA

NE Pastoral

017043

OODNADATTA AIRPORT

27.3

24.5

29/05/2010

11

1 N


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Data is as received at 14:02EST, 24/05/2017.

Major centres
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km (24-hour average km/h) Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
PERTH AIRPORT 20.2 -1.6 9.4 -1.0 8.5 0.0 2.2 9.5 328 (13.7) 46/14
BUNBURY 22.7 +1.5 7.2 -2.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 202 ( 8.4) 28/10
MANDURAH 21.1 -0.2 12.3 -1.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 212 ( 8.8) 30/10
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.4 +0.4 22.2 +0.1 21.5 0.0 4.2 9.4 191 ( 8.0) 22/14
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 31.1 +8.1 11.0 +2.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 329 (13.7) 48/13
WHYALLA AERO 18.6 -1.8 15.1 +6.4 -- 1.6 -- -- 639 (26.6) 59/00
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 18.2 -0.7 15.6 +5.4 -- 1.4 -- -- 311 (13.0) 37/03
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.6 -1.5 8.9 +1.6 -- 2.2 -- -- 482 (20.1) 41/09
MOUNT ISA AERO 33.8 +6.0 11.4 -2.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 148 ( 6.2) 35/17
CAIRNS AERO 25.9 -1.7 23.2 +3.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 497 (20.7) 39/11
TOWNSVILLE AERO 27.5 -0.1 17.5 -0.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 289 (12.0) 41/15
MACKAY M.O 26.0 +1.8 16.7 -0.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 258 (10.8) 31/19
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 27.1 +1.1 16.2 +2.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 191 ( 8.0) 35/15
BUNDABERG AERO 26.2 +1.6 14.3 +0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 173 ( 7.2) 31/23
COOLANGATTA 23.7 +0.6 11.6 -2.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 184 ( 7.7) 24/13
BRISBANE AERO 23.9 +0.4 12.0 -0.8 10.0 0.0 3.6 9.8 225 ( 9.4) 24/12
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 20.3 +0.5 8.7 -1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 355 (14.8) 34/20
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 22.2 +1.9 6.2 -2.5 1.7 0.0 2.4 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 21.3 -0.1 8.3 -2.1 -- 0.2 -- -- 182 ( 7.6) 21/13
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 20.5 +0.2 6.6 -3.4 -- 0.2 -- -- 193 ( 8.0) 26/14
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 16.4 +2.2 1.6 -3.0 -3.0 0.0 0.6 -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 22.1 +2.2 4.5 -2.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 198 ( 8.3) 31/23
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 21.5 +1.5 9.8 -1.1 7.6 0.2 3.4 9.5 351 (14.6) 26/14
RICHMOND RAAF 20.9 +0.4 5.0 -2.6 -- 0.2 -- -- 71 ( 3.0) 24/13
BELLAMBI AWS 19.8 +0.2 10.5 -2.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 352 (14.7) 26/14
CANBERRA AIRPORT 16.8 -- -1.0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 169 ( 7.0) 18/13
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 18.7 +1.4 4.5 -1.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 213 ( 8.9) 26/09
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 17.6 0.0 4.4 -1.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 64 ( 2.7) 15/11
MILDURA AIRPORT 19.8 +0.8 10.3 +2.9 -- 0.0 4.0 0.7 420 (17.5) 35/09
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 18.4 +1.2 6.6 +0.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 167 ( 7.0) 31/13
BENDIGO AIRPORT -- -- 9.9 +4.8 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 15.8 -0.8 8.6 +0.3 8.0 0.6 1.0 0.0 384 (16.0) 43/00
BALLARAT AERODROME 14.8 +1.2 9.0 +3.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 489 (20.4) 37/06
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 14.1 -1.7 2.2 -2.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 58 ( 2.4) 11/12
HOBART AIRPORT 13.4 -1.8 3.5 -3.1 -0.5 0.0 1.2 0.3 267 (11.1) 24/02
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

35.6 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
35.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
35.0 OENPELLI AIRPORT N Rivers NT
35.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
35.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+8.9 : 34.5 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
+8.1 : 31.1 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
+8.1 : 31.0 ARLTUNGA N Plateau NT
+7.8 : 33.1 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+6.5 : 33.2 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD

27.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
27.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL
26.8 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
26.4 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
26.3 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL

+10.6 : 17.8 ARKAROOLA NE Pastoral SA
+9.2 : 18.9 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+8.5 : 17.5 MARREE AERO NE Pastoral SA
+7.6 : 15.3 BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
+7.3 : 15.5 ROSEDALE (TURRETFIELD RESEARCH CENTRE) Adelaide/Lofty SA

Coldest
Lowest maximum temperatureGreatest variation below normal maximum Lowest minimum temperatureGreatest variation below normal minimum

5.4 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
6.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
7.7 GRAMPIANS (MOUNT WILLIAM) Wimmera S VIC
8.8 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
8.9 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
8.9 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-5.6 : 20.9 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
-5.6 : 9.3 OUSE FIRE STATION Derwent Valley TAS
-4.9 : 9.4 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
-4.7 : 17.7 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
-4.6 : 16.5 NORSEMAN AERO Goldfields WA

-49.0 ROWLEY SHOALS Islands ISL
-5.1 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.0 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-4.6 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-4.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW

-7.4 : -4.6 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.4 : -3.7 BOMBALA AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.1 : 2.3 WANAARING POST OFFICE Upper Darling NSW
-6.0 : 2.8 MENINGIE Murray Valley SA
-5.9 : -2.3 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS
-5.9 : -1.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW

Wettest
Sunniest & dullest
Windiest
Highest gusts
Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals nationally followed by all reported falls of 50mm or more.
Highest and lowest recordings of hours of sunshine for the 24 hours to midnight.
Highest wind run totals in kilometres for the 24 hours to 9am (average speed in brackets). All reported runs > =25km/h are shown.
Highest wind gusts in km/h for the 24 hours to midnight followed by the hour in which it occurred. All stations with gusts > 89km/h are shown.
50.0 WOODHOUSE Central Coast E QLD
16.0 QUORN Upper North SA
14.8 KARRI VALLEY RESORT Lower West WA
12.4 BRUCE Upper North SA
11.6 PORT AUGUSTA AERO W Agricultural SA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Lower West
14.8 KARRI VALLEY RESORT

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
W Agricultural
11.6 PORT AUGUSTA AERO
Upper North
16.0 QUORN
12.4 BRUCE

QUEENSLAND
Central Coast E
50.0 WOODHOUSE

Reports not yet available

935 (39.0) LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
917 (38.2) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
860 (35.8) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
833 (34.7) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
782 (32.6) GRAMPIANS (MOUNT WILLIAM) Wimmera S VIC
740 (30.8) MINLATON AERO Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
738 (30.8) PORT AUGUSTA AERO W Agricultural SA
724 (30.2) MOUNT CRAWFORD AWS Adelaide/Lofty SA
689 (28.7) GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW
679 (28.3) LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
674 (28.1) BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
673 (28.0) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
664 (27.7) KADINA AWS Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
658 (27.4) ROSEWORTHY AWS Adelaide/Lofty SA
657 (27.4) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
655 (27.3) OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
650 (27.1) FORREST Eucla WA
642 (26.8) GABO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE E Gippsland VIC
639 (26.6) WHYALLA AERO W Agricultural SA
636 (26.5) CLEVE AERODROME W Agricultural SA
626 (26.1) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
626 (26.1) WOOMERA AERODROME NW Pastoral SA
623 (26.0) BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
612 (25.5) CAPE GRIM N Coast TAS
607 (25.3) NARACOORTE AERODROME Lower SE SA
600 (25.0) SNOWTOWN (RAYVILLE PARK) Lower North SA
91/08 GRAMPIANS (MOUNT WILLIAM) Wimmera S VIC
70/02 SNOWTOWN (RAYVILLE PARK) Lower North SA
67/01 MOUNT CRAWFORD AWS Adelaide/Lofty SA
65/22 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
63/04 NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
63/00 PORT AUGUSTA AERO W Agricultural SA

Downpours High AWS wind reports
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less from AWS and synoptic reports.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a programming error, downpours shown for WA, NT, SA, QLD and ISLANDS between 9 and 10am local times are wrong and should be ignored. The error will be corrected as soon as possible.
Storm force gusts (>89km/h) and 10-minute mean gales (>62km/h) reported by AWSs. Wind direction and mean windspeed are shown in brackets.
None reported None reported