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Is It Hot Enough Yet?

Author: Guest Writer/Wednesday, January 23, 2013/Categories: Uncategorized

Australia has been undergoing a massive heat wave for months. January brought record-setting heat that lasted for weeks. Temperatures regularly exceeded 112 degrees Fahrenheit in multiple locations across the continent. Australia set a new record for the highest temperature averaged across the entire nation: 104.59°F on January 7 with the highest night-time low 90.25°F in that nation's recorded history. NASA and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have produced a new temperature map of the continent:

The map above shows land surface temperatures in early January where darkest reds show areas that were as much as 27°F above the normal with blues show areas that were below normal. Grays indicate incomplete data. The map was created from data collected by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) in early January and compared to the average for the same week during January 2005–2012. As the Bureau of Meteorology observed:

“The current event affecting much of inland Australia has definitely not been typical. The most significant thing about the recent heat has been its coverage across the continent, and its persistence. It is very unusual to have such widespread extreme temperature and have them persist for so long."

This is not a pretty map.


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