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‘UNPRECEDENTED’ EXTREMES : Heat Waves And Summer Snow Down Under


The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
 (and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
 by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins,
all of them imaginary.”

H.L. Mencken

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HOBART’S VARIABLE WEATHER

Heat Wave And Snow
HOBART. Saturday. — A fall of snow on Mt. Wellington closed a week of weather conditions in Hobart unprecedented in the memory of those who can go back 40 years.
Early in the week the weather was hot and sultry, and the humidity was us unusual for Hobart as it was uncomfortable.
On Thursday the humidity was more than 10 per cent, in excess of the average for this time of the year.
Rain storms threatened on Friday morning, and between 3 p.m. and 9 a.m. today, 218 points of rain was registered and another 11 points by 3 p.m.
Snow began to fall on the mountain last night, and continued during the early hours this morning. There was a white mantle about 2 inches thick on the mountain to-day.
The minimum temperature was 34 degrees F [1.1°C]
Visitors have found the conditions most trying.
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THIS report was from Monday the 7th of February, 1930 during summer in Australia.

CARBON “pollution” at the time was 311 PPM.

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FEBRUARY 2019

“VARIABLE WEATHER” aka “Extreme Weather” (in today’s language!) is not ‘unprecedented’ for Australia. Even with carbon pollution CO₂ levels at 400 PPM :

SUMMER Snow falling on fires in Tasmania

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MT BAW BAW (Victoria) SUMMER SNOW – FEB, 2019

Melbourne weather: City dips to 11.8C overnight | News.com.au

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UPDATE MARCH 6

HISTORY repeats!

“From record-heat to snow in Tasmania”.

“Snow is falling in Tasmania today, just four days after the state experienced it[s] hottest March weather on record.”

From record-heat to snow in Tasmania

Ben Domensino, Wednesday March 6, 2019 – 10:52 EDT

Snow is falling in Tasmania today, just four days after the state experienced it hottest March weather on record.

Autumn is a time of contrasting weather in southern Australia, as hot air lingering over the mainland after summer clashes with cold air surging out of the Southern Ocean.

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Image: Cold air passing over Tasmania on Wednesday.

Weather News – From record-heat to snow in Tasmania

SEE also : Snow and hail possible around Hobart, days after sweltering top of 39.1C | The Mercury

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Heat Wave In Australia : Nearly 200 Deaths From Heat Apoplexy

Australia January, 1896

The long continuance of the unprecedented heat wave in New South Wales is proving a very serious matter to the residents in some of the districts, especially in the western portion of the colony.

Over 125 deaths from heat apoplexy have occurred In NewSouth Wales, and to this number Bourke has already contributed 40. The matter has become so serious that the railway authorities have commenced running trains at special cheap fares, to enable the residents to seek a cooler climate, and a great number are availing themselves of the opportunity.

25 Jan 1896 – The Heat Wave in Australia. NEARLY 200 DEATHS FR…

CO2 at the time was 290 parts per million.

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24 More Die In Record Heatwave – Melbourne 46°C

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Melbourne, January 1939

46°C

TWENTY more deaths from the terrific heat that is sweeping the South were reported from country towns in New South Wales yesterday, and there were two more in Victoria.

Bringing the toll for the Southern heat wave to 52. Two deaths in Thargomindah also have been attributed to the heat. In New South Wales alone 41 have died in the last three days. All temperature records in Melbourne went, by the board yesterday when a maximum of 114.1 deg. was registered — the highest ever experienced in the State.

14 Jan 1939 – 24 MORE DIE IN RECORD HEAT WAVE Melbourne 114deg.

CO2 at the time was 310 parts per million.

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February 1889 : Another Exceptionally Severe Heat Wave

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Melbourne, February 13. 1889

The heat inland on Saturday and Sunday was very trying, the followed high temperatures were recorded :—Charlton, 110 in the shade; Pyramid Bill, 116; Casterton. 109; Merino, 106 ; Hamilton,110; Macarthur, 101; and Boort, 111. In coastal places the heat was tempered by a cooling breeze. The great heat inland caused bosh fires to break oat in a number of places, and a good deal of damage was done.

15 Feb 1899 – Another Heat Wave. VICTORIA AND SOUTH AUSTRALIA …

CO2 at the time was 280 parts per million.

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81 Years Ago Today : Severe Global Warming Strikes West Australia

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07 Feb 1933 – SEVERE HEAT WAVE. West Australia Swelters. PERTH…

The forecast for Perth today (with CO2 at 398 ppm) is a milder 36°C or 96.8°F.

Sending the United Nation’s $700 million of the $7 billion collected from Australia’s Carbon Tax last FYI, is paying dividends.

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January 1908 : Adelaide’s Temperature Rose Above 38°C Fourteen Times

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21 Feb 1910 – INTENSE HEAT AVERAGE FOR 8 DAYS, 101.5 DEGREES. …

Julia’s Carbon Tax would have saved her hometown from the catastrophic extremes of 1908. CO2 was 280 PPM at the time.

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Longest Heatwave In History Was 90 Years Ago. Worst Heatwave Was 100 Years Ago

Real Science

Marble Bar heatwave, 1923-24

The world record for the longest sequence of days above 100°Fahrenheit (or 37.8° on the Celsius scale) is held by Marble Bar in the inland Pilbara district of Western Australia. The temperature, measured under standard exposure conditions, reached or exceeded the century mark every day from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924, a total of 160 days.

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BOM – Australian Climate Extremes

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docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/mwr/050/mwr-050-01-0010.pdf

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