Aussie Cold And Wet

Ayers Rock aka Uluru

Ayers Rock aka Uluru

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Record cold, wet month in central Australia
Brett Dutschke, Thursday September 16, 2010 – 16:35 EST
Much of central Australia, including Uluru, is in the midst of its coldest and wettest Septembers on record.

The central desert region of Australia is usually associated with hot and dry. One would expect to hear a load of stories about catastrophic heat and dryness getting worse if we were really having “Global Warming”. Instead, it’s looking more like ‘a bit of cold’… and some wet too.

Rain on Wednesday brought 20 millimetres to Uluru and kept the temperature below 13 degrees all day, making it the coldest September day on record. It’s more than four degrees colder than the previous record, set a little over a week ago.

Uluru is averaging a maximum of only 23 degrees so far this month, more than six degrees below the long-term September average.

With several more cold days to come this will almost certainly turn out to be the coldest September on record, colder than the previous coldest in 1984 when the maximum averaged 25.9.

Notice that: two coldest ever records set inside 2 weeks… The next couple of weeks might well be interesting to watch.

Wunderground for Alice Springs

This comes after the wettest August on record and a wetter than normal July.

Today was one of their coldest September days on record. Alice struggled to 12 degrees, 15 below average, whilst Yuendumu only reached 13, 17 below.

Got that? 17 C below average… Makes 1/2 C of hypothetical AGW sound right puny…

About E.M.Smith

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5 Responses to Aussie Cold And Wet

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    Got to wondering if this was just an inland thing, so I hit wunderground for Sydney.,%20Australia&wuSelect=WEATHER

    The ‘history’ panel says this is pretty darned cold:

    History for Sydney, NW
    Monday, September 20, 2010
     	       Actual:	Average :	Record :
    Mean Temperature  54 °F	 -	 
    Max Temperature	  57 °F	71 °F	93 °F (2008)
    Min Temperature	  51 °F	54 °F	50 °F (1999)
    So we have the actual MINimum within 1 F of the record and we have the MAX  at 14 F below the average (but it's still morning there so has a whole day of warming ahead).
    How about yesterday?
     	       Actual:	Average :	Record :
    Mean Temperature  58 °F	 -	 
    Max Temperature	  64 °F	71 °F	87 °F (2006)
    Min Temperature	  52 °F	54 °F	48 °F (1999)
    Degree Days:

    MAX of 7 F below the average, MIN of 2 F below the average and 4 F above the record. AND it's running 23 F below that Record Hot of 2006. We heard so much about how hot it was during that 1998 - 2008 period. Now a 23 F plunge is not even being noticed in the Lame Stream Media?

    Lets see, "Global Warming" is the worry about 1/2 C of rise (or about 1 F ) and that has been wiped out many times over in just a couple of years? Kind of makes you go Hmmmm....

  2. Ian Beale says:

    To use a quote from the Clancy Brothers of yore we’ve been awaking to “The cold, grey, wet dawn of Ireland”.

    Max of about 10 C yesterday, 13 C today, wood fire going, heater in the kitchen while cooking, 32mm of rain in the last 4 days and about 58mm so far for September and 54mm for August

    Problem is we are are not in Ireland. We’re in inland Australia, where it should be warm and dry – August and September being the time least likely to see rain. Our dirt roads are bordering on impassable, along with other disruptions. And the flowers are about 6 weeks late.


    “Rain is always welcome here,
    Though seldom is convenient”

  3. P.G. Sharrow says:

    Ian Beale;“Rain is always welcome here,
    Though seldom is convenient”

    As one that has farmed in the “High Desert” of northern California for 30 years, the above brought a smile to my face :-) pg

  4. Ian Beale says:


    Not my original – comes from a poem I collected which I have – somewhere.

    But very appropriate in the great game of agriculture. And a hell of a change from about 10 years of drought for us.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    On my perpetual list of “todos” is to take the precipitation data and see if it corroborates the temperature data in any way.

    As we’ve had, in theory, this dramatic warming globally, their ought to have been a large rise in rainfall, globally. Yet from what I’ve observed in the news the last couple of decades, no such thing.

    But now, we have obvious cooling underway, we’re also getting more rainfall…

    My suspicion / thesis is that you can use rainfall as a proxy for rate of cooling of the oceans. The air has gone cold, so now the oceans are evaporating like crazy to dump their heat into the air, that is in fact further dumping that heat into space as fast as it hits the air (and raining a lot in the process).

    Just haven’t had the time to take on a new project right now.

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