Reports of Australia's coldest June since 1950 are but a distant memory.
From the SMH report:
Sydney's daytime January temperature was right on average at 25.9 degrees thanks to easterly summer winds, but night-time temperatures were almost two degrees up at 20.3 degrees.Sooooo...it pissed with rain all month flooding vast parts of the country. What's the effect of that? It increases minimum temperatures. Note that the daily maximum is right on the average. Across the two the overall average is up.
If global warming causes daily highs to stay the same, overnight lows to increase, causes it to piss with rain which fertilises all those CO2 enriched crops then I have only one thing to say.
I want more of that.
How did Australia's rain-induced warm January stack up against the rest of the world?
January posted a -.08°C near global anomaly between -70S and 82.5N latitude (the viewshed of the satellite sounder). That makes it the coldest month since January 2000, and the 2nd coldest January for the planet in 15 years. Both northern and southern hemispheres posted negative anomalies of -.120°C and -.038°C respectively, happening for the first time since January 2000.Here are some headlines from various countries facing the 'planetary emergency' of global warming. All are from recent weeks.
Mumbai, India - At 9.4 degrees, city experiences second coldest night in 46 years
China - China Experiencing Coldest Winter in 100 Years, Will Media Notice?
Pakistan - Turkmen leader chides weather official - "Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has scolded his top meteorology official for failing to provide accurate weather forecasts about a cold snap gripping the country. Turkmenistan is struggling to survive the coldest winter in 40 years which has frozen up parts of the Caspian Sea and blanketed its deserts with ice and snow."
Alaska - Brrrrr. Near-record cold chills Interior Alaska
Global warming's main effect is on minimum temperatures, which it raises thus raising the overall average temperature. These record colds simply shouldn't be happening.
If anyone is taking any notice I'd suggest that 1998 is starting to look like a long-term high point that won't be challenged for some time to come.