Friday December 14th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊.
Darwin Australia Suffers Through Hottest Night On Record
I did spy one historic “ET” this week from overseas. Australia is entering their summer with a bang, or rather some very eye opening heat. A few weeks ago I noted a fierce heat wave in Queensland:
Now it is the Northern Territories turn to swelter noting this stat from the following short article:
🌡️🌡️Hottest night ever recorded in Darwin🌡️🌡️
This will not be a false alarm. Since 9am Tues morning, the temperature at Darwin Airport has not dropped below 30C, breaking the previous record of 29.7C (which was yesterday's minimum). See obs at https://t.co/3doxl7DDcA
— Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory (@BOM_NT) December 11, 2018
Well, no surprises there because the Top End capital has just sweltered through its hottest ever night on record.
In a message on social media this morning the Bureau of Meteorology (Northern Territory) posted: “This will not be a false alarm. Since 9am Tues morning, the temperature at Darwin Airport has not dropped below 30C, breaking the previous record of 29.7C”.
The previous overnight minimum record of 29.7C was recorded on Tuesday morning so it’s been a sweltering two nights in a row for Darwin residents.
A Bureau spokesman said they were not expecting much in the way of rain over Darwin for the next few days so, unfortunately, not much relief from the skies on the horizon.
Darwin’s new hot stat is interesting because that location has marine climatology being surrounded on three sides by the ocean:
A check of current sea surface temperatures reveals that the Pacific north of Darwin is quite toasty compared to long term averages:
What about any heat dome located over Australia on the 11th of December? Pivotal Weather shows this:
Hmm… Not so much. To the east of Darwin in the Gulf of Carpentaria there was a weak cyclone, which may have been a warm factor, but this is very uncertain. This disturbance developed into Tropical Cyclone Owen, which is still swirling in the Gulf as of today:
Wow! What a week of weather in the Territory. Our first cyclone of the season, record breaking heat, including #Darwin, and a few severe thunderstorms to throw in the mix. Time for a well needed weekend rest. To plan your weekend see our forecasts https://t.co/LFnUmJpnpF pic.twitter.com/QCs70wgbWK
— Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory (@BOM_NT) December 14, 2018
Tropical cyclone Owen crossed the SE Gulf of Carpentaria coast between Kowanyama and the Gilbert River Mouth. Sustained winds near the center of 65 mph, with wind gusts to 90 mph. Moving SE at 16 mph. Owen is expected to track east southeast over northern Queensland today.⬇️ pic.twitter.com/HN68TMgzUo
— Scott Cook (@scook2214) December 14, 2018
In any case it appears that climate change is producing more odd and uncomfortable weather for the “Land Down Under.” I had to laugh out loud looking at this NT News image believing it was staged, but if the A.C. is out, I know people will do some strange things to get sleep.
(Image credit Northern Territory News).
Here is some other weather and climate news from Friday:
Looking for a new movie to watch this weekend? #ParistoPittsburgh is streaming for free on YouTube! Tune in to see how Americans are coming together to solve the crisis of climate change. https://t.co/L4htfRZEHW
— Paris to Pittsburgh (@ParisPittsburgh) December 14, 2018
— ClimateCommunication (@ClimateComms) December 14, 2018
— David Biello (@dbiello) December 14, 2018
I hope you enjoyed the 80°F weather Los Angeles, because it is here to stay!
This heatwave (images 1 & 2) will stick around until Saturday, but next week's heatwave (images 3 & 4) may be even warmer and much longer! pic.twitter.com/R2QK8XESHN
— Edgar McGregor 🌴 (@edgarrmcgregor) December 14, 2018
— Bernadette Woods P. (@BernadetteWoods) December 14, 2018
Great article from my good friend Professor Nick Cowern @NickCowern
— Prof Peter Strachan (@ProfStrachan) December 15, 2018
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