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Annual rainfall totals for the Murray Darling Basin.  There is no evidence of general decline in rainfall, and it is noteworthy the highest annual rainfall ever recorded was in the last decade - in 2010.

Complaint Lodged Against Four Corners’ Weather Alert

JO NOVA began a recent blog post” After years of telling skeptics that you don’t ask a plumber to do heart surgery, the ABC “Weather Alert! last Monday was 90% plumbers. The formerly iconic FourCorners “public affairs” show crafted a 43 minute advertisement for the Renewables Industry and Carbon Trading Bankers and the Green Blob. […]

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Sarah Ferguson introducing Michael Brissenden on Monday night's ABC Four Corner's program that ostensibly reported on climate change.  Four Corner's is a publicly funded news program, that claims to be investigative.  On Monday night it could be best described as climate porn, or climate propaganda with critical information withheld - perhaps through ignorance.

Sarah Ferguson and Michael Brissenden Withhold Important Information from the Australian Public Concerning Climate Change

Australian politicians, and the media they sponsor, have been throwing their hands in the air and screaming unprecedented climate change – particularly over the last two weeks. A focus has been on the record number of new record hot days. But in all of this, there is no mention that the method used to actually […]

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This is a screenshot, incredibly in Australia in 2018, it is fine to advocate on the internet the death of  those who hold a different perspective on climate change.  Indeed, I can't see anywhere the words 'comedy' or 'satire'.

‘Kill Climate Deniers’ – Now Showing at a Sydney Theatre

JUST two generations back, in the 1960s, mainstream Australian society shunned both unmarried pregnant women and also homosexuals. They were loathed, and it would have been considered reasonable for the local police to turn-a-blind eye should misfortune befall members of either group – should they be killed. In my opinion, human-beings are not naturally hateful, […]

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Fig. 1. When the frequency of specific temperatures/data points as measured from the mercury thermometer at Mildura after July 2012 are plotted, it is evident that the data is not normally distributed.  This makes statistical comparisons with measurements from the electronic probe problematic.

BoM Blast for Dubious Record Hot Day

IN September 2017, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) claimed a series of new record hot days across south eastern Australia, including on 23 September at Mildura. At that time, the mainstream media reported this as a new record for the state of Victoria, specifically claiming it was the hottest September day ever recorded – […]

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This plot of changes in the extent of sea ice suggests that the South Pole was gaining in ice from at least 1980 to 2015, contrary to the Pope's encyclical issued in 2015. The significant 'melt' in 2016 corresponded with the super El Nino and minimum declination of the moon.

Avoid Fake News: Listen to Alternative Perspectives

IT was all over the news this morning: Pope Francis condemning ‘fake news’, which he defined as: The spreading of disinformation… It has to do with false information based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader. In fact, the Pope is guilty of exactly what he preaches against, particularly with […]

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Screen shot of the 'Monthly mean maximum temperature' page for St Helens Aerodrome at the Bureau's website

Already Hottest January on Record for St Helens, Tasmania

LAST week, Andrew Johnson, CEO of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, wrote that the Bureau’s “stewardship of Australia’s temperature record” had been found to be scientifically sound [1]. He also claimed it was in accordance with World Meteorological Organisation guidelines. In fact, it’s not. If it was scientifically sound, or in accordance with WMO guidelines, […]

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Historically, alcohol thermometers were used to measure minimum temperatures, and mercury thermometers were used to measure maximum temperatures - across Australia.  Then on 1 November 1996, the Bureau changed their 'primary instrument' to electronic sensors.

A Law Unto Themselves: The Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Sunday, 12th November 2017 – 4PM Honourable Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for Environment and Energy Dear Minister Re: Suspend announcement of new record hot days – Inform WMO that Bureau’s measurements are currently not comparable with mercury thermometers – Give directive for release of more A8 forms – Establish an audit mechanism 1. BACKGROUND I […]

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Scroll to the end of this post to download the entire spreadsheet with all 60 numbers for each worked example.

Averaging by Convention – or Not

FOR some time, weather enthusiasts across Australia have been noticing rapid temperature fluctuations at the ‘latest observations’ page at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s website. For example, Peter Cornish, a retired hydrologist, wrote to the Bureau on 17 December 2012 asking whether the 1.5 degrees Celsius drop in temperature in the space of one minute […]

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Before the advent of irrigation the Murray river would run dry during periods of extended drought.  These were exceptionally hot years in the Murray Darling Basin.

Faux Record Hot Days, Including at Mildura

Alan Jones AO Radio 2GB, Sydney Dear Alan, This spring has begun with the Bureau of Meteorology announcing a new ‘hottest September day on record’ almost every other day. Last Saturday, for example, we heard that it was the hottest September day in Mildura since 1889. Really? Hotter than 1905 or even 1938 – those […]

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Jennifer Marohasy and Lance Pidgeon at the Goulburn AWS in early August 2017.

Bureau Management Rewrites the Rules – Again

Following is the latest advice from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology regarding measurement of temperatures from automatic weather stations (AWS). This advice contains numerous errors of fact and is inconsistent with the information in an internal review issued just last Thursday. The following misinformation has just been posted at the official Bureau website: My […]

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