Hottest October on record

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    I have a lot of plants that are struggling. Really strange this early on in the year. Out of a total of 33000 litres of tank water I only have half left....have had to water so early this year.

    The forecasts are for a really long hot summer and dam levels are far lower than last year.

    Finally our desal plant may come on stream and all the detractors who have complained about the 1.8 billion dollar white elephant will be silent! On the other hand...who knows with the weather.

    We have a good couple of days rain due this week...hoping to fill a couple of tanks...:smile:

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    They reckon this summer is going to be a scorcher...




    October the warmest on Earth, as we head for the hottest year yet


    November 19, 2015 11:31amNetwork writer and APNews Corp Australia Network



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    EVEN in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.

    The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last month globally had an average temparture of 58.86 degrees (14.98c).

    That’s the hottest October on record by a third of a degree over the old mark “an incredible amount” for weather records, said NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden.

    October’s temperature was the most above-normal month in history. It was 1.76 degrees Fahrenheit (0.98c) above the 20th-century average.

    “A complete blowout,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. “This year is going to be an all-time record-breaker.”

    This was the eighth month this year when a heat record was set, with only January and April not setting records.

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    That’s a record number of broken records in any year. Records go back to 1880.

    Blunden and other scientists blame a potent and strengthening El Niño on top of accelerating man-made global warming.

    “This is just a new normal,” Blunden said.

    “I don’t know what really else to call it.”

    Nearly every team that measures temperatures found that October 2015 was a record, including NASA, the Japanese Meteorological Agency, University of California at Berkeley and University of Alabama at Huntsville, which measures the upper air using satellites, Blunden said.

    Record heat was found in Australia, southern Asia, parts of western North America, much of central and southern Africa, most of Central America and northern South America, according to NOAA.

    It’s also the hottest January through October for Earth on record, along with the hottest consecutive 12 months on record.

    c131666a0ff35cf006f3ca4408831d68?width=650This graphic provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows land and ocean temperatures for October 2015. Even for a record breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm. The hottest October on record by a third of a degree over the old mark, a large margin for weather records. (NOAA via AP)Given that the El Niño continues to strengthen and how much warmer 2015 is than previous years, Blunden said “it is virtually just impossible that we will not break the record” for the hottest year.

    That record was set in 2014. Since the year 2000, global monthly heat records have been broken 32 times, yet the last time a monthly cold record was set was in 1916.


    The hotter temperatures are threatening Australia’s bushfire preparedness, a Climate Council report has found, as bushfire seasons here and in the Northern Hemisphere increasingly lengthen and overlap putting new demands on critical shared firefighting aircraft.

    The Burning Issue: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat found the length of the fire season increased by almost 19 per cent globally between 1978 and 2013.

    Longer fire seasons are reducing opportunities for controlled burning and intensifying pressure on firefighting resources.

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    The national report, released today, also warns Australia is at risk of facing similar conditions to those that sparked more than 50,000 fires this year across the United States, in one of the worst bushfire seasons on record.

    “Years of severe drought in combination with warmer temperatures created the tinderbox that fuelled the North American bushfires,” The Climate Council’s Professor Lesley Hughes said.

    “Australia will face the same set of circumstances more and more often in the future.

    Already, record-breaking temperatures in October have driven an early start to the bushfire season and large areas of southeast and southwest Australia are facing above-average bushfire potential this summer.”

    The report also found that some of Australia’s key firefighting aircraft are leased from overseas and are contracted to North American firefighting services during their summer. The fire seasons of both hemispheres — and demand for critical shared firefighting aircraft — will increasingly overlap, challenging such arrangements.



    A scene of devastation ... The aftermath of wildfires in Esperance, southeast of Perth in Western Australia. Picture: Chelsea Templeton/The AustralianDuring the past decade, state fire agencies have increasingly needed to share personnel and other firefighting resources during peak demand periods. This pressure will continue to intensify and the number of professional firefighters will need to double by 2030 to meet demand.

    Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said rising global temperatures and more frequent and severe droughts were creating a ticking time bomb in Australia.

    “The climate is on steroids. Globally, 2015 is likely to surpass 2014 as the hottest year on record and this past September was the hottest ever recorded, the seventh month this year to break such a record,” Ms McKenzie said.

    “Australia’s climate change action is not enough to protect Australians from worsening bushfires. We must join the rest of the world in meaningful action to bring climate change under control. The Paris climate conference provides an ideal opportunity for our country to set stronger emissions reduction targets.”

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