What happened last yearThe Bureau of Meteorology has released the Annual Climate Statement 2012. Some of the main points are:
...Australia had near-average rain and above-average temperatures during 2012, but the average annual values conceal a year of contrasts:
- La Niña brought above-average rain early in 2012
- Reduced rainfall in winter and spring was associated with a warm central Pacific Ocean and positive Indian Ocean Dipole
- Annual nationally averaged rainfall very slightly above average, with 476 mm (1961–1990 average of 465 mm).
- A warmer-than-average year, 0.11 °C above average 2003–2012 the fifth-warmest 10-year period on record.
Enter 2013 - with a whopper of a heat wave
Burning UpHot weather means Australia is burning again. Particularly dangerous are the windy conditions experienced in south eastern Australia last Friday. As reported by Watching the Deniers, the results were tragic and the ABC reports it is looking very bad again today.
Tomorrow, NSW is facing it's "worst ever fire danger day".
Here's a video about the Tassie fires from ABC 7.30 report, with incredible tales and images of people who survived by huddling in water under a jetty, including the story of a young mother from Dunally who'd just left her children with her grandparents while she went to a funeral in Hobart.
Here is today's record from Sentinel. You can see the horrific fires in Tasmania still going plus fires all over the country.
The red flames are the most recent 12-hour satellite sweep and the yellow flames are from the previous 12 to 24 hours.