A while back, I predicted above average temperatures and rainfall for southern Australia based on information from the Met Bureau. The post was titled ‘One Wet Year‘ How wrong was I. Lucky I am not a meteorologist! The only part I got right was the wet bit. Now that summer has officially passed us by (even though I think we have a few warm days ahead still), it turns out that it was Australia’s second wettest year on record, and if you single out Victoria it was our wettest summer ever. In fact it was our first wet summer ever, in recorded history anyway. The La Nina in the Pacific Ocean still has a lot of potential in it, it looks like the wet season will continue up north until April/May.
However that does not change the fact that 2010 was a tie with 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record worldwide. If you want to look at that data, pop on over to www.sciencedaily.com for the rub.
So forget any clueless weather forecasts from me in future and take it with a grain of salt. However, please do take heed of the consensus of a overwhelming majority of climate scientists, when they warn that the Earth is indeed warming due to increase levels of CO2-e in our atmosphere and oceans and that our climate is changing for the worse.
However, to cap it all off , I read this article today that made me grimace with a sense of loathing. I shouldn’t really pick on this bloke, but hey, it was in a NewsCorp rag so it had to be bent towards climate change denialism. Have a read of this article in the Tasmania Mercury titled “Victim unmoved by flood“. It is a gem. After all, this bloke is highly qualified to pass commentary about climate change when the, and I will say it again, the overwhelming majority of climate scientists that anthropogenic climate change is occurring, but he has an opinion just as I do. What gets me is that after he dismisses man-made climate change, he offers solutions on how to solve it. Recycling more and using less stuff is the key folks. Kind of right mate, but you left out the part about lowering our carbon emissions.
Or that is what NewsCorp would have us believe. It must be part of Rupert’s grand plan.