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Highest Temperature Ever Recorded...63.5F

Highest Temperature Ever Recorded...63.5F

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, March 29, 2015/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment, climate change

Southern Hemisphere Temperature Anomalies, 3-24-15   (credit: University of Maine, Climate Change Institute)

When would a temperature reading of 63.5F be the highest daily record? When it was made in Antarctica.
Chile's  Esperanza Base  gathered this reading at their weather station on the Antarctic Peninsula last week during the Antarctic Fall.

        Chile's Esperanza Base Weather Station, Antarctic Peninsula  (credit: Wikipedia)

The Antarctic Peninsula is one the fastest warming places on Earth with a 5F temperature increase measured over  the last 110 years.  Research findings published by  Nature Magazine  showed this to have been the highest 100 year warming period recorded during the last 2000 years. Glaciers have collapsed and penguin colonies have been displaced by the changing environmental conditions.

While this was an amazing weather event by itself, parts of Chile's Atacama Desert received the rainfall equivalent of  a years worth of rain in one day  during the same week. Major flooding resulted in river beds dry for decades.

Some might say these are some rather strange weather events. Perhaps you've noticed some odd changes recently to your own weather patterns where you live as well.


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5/13/2015 1:09 PM

Above story implies warming.

This one not so much:

Anecdotes across the spectrum

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