“HOT, unseasonal weather has pushed temperatures into the 30’s and close to 40 degrees in parts of Queensland, smashing records.
“The hot weather was felt right across the state on Saturday… as the mercury soared up to 14 degrees above average…”
So I’m off to Keppel Island tomorrow.
Meanwhile, some claim it’s going to be a warmer than usual year across the globe with an El Nino now forecast.
“If El Nino continues to strengthen as projected, expect more (high temperature) records to fall,” said Thomas Karl, who’s the director of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville.
“At least half of the years after 2009 will be warmer than 1998, the warmest year currently on record,” predicted Jeff Knight, a climate variability expert at the Hadley Centre in England.
“John Christy, the director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who often sides with the skeptics, agreed that the recent cooling won’t last.”
Notes and Links
Hot weather in Queensland shatters records
Martin Palmer, Saturday August 22, 2009 – 17:11 EST. http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/hot-weather-in-queensland-shatters-records/12493
Drop in world temperatures fuels global warming debate. By Robert S. Boyd | McClatchy Newspapers. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/74019.html
Keppel Island: http://www.greatkeppel.com.au/