Monday, March 12, 2018

An unprecedented 5 years

The last 5 years (2013-2017) is officially the hottest period on record. More details are in the Climate Council's report "2017: Record-breaking Year for Heat and Extreme Weather".

This heat graph really tells the story.


There's a bit of variation from year to year. Often are El Nino years are a bit hotter and La Nina years not so much. This next graph colours the El Nino and La Nina years differently. We can see that even La Nina years (blue) are getting hotter, as are the El Nino years and neutral years. Which ever way we look at it we are entering uncharted territory.


The report also found that
  • 2017 was the third hottest year ever recorded, and the hottest year in which temperatures have not been boosted by an El NiƱo event.
  • The world’s 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998 and 17 of the 18 hottest years on record have occurred this century.
  • 2017 was Australia’s third hottest year on record.
  • Seven of the ten hottest years on record in Australia have happened since 2005. Five of the seven have occurred the past five years.
  • 2017 broke records for hot, dry conditions with more than 260 heat and low rainfall records broken throughout winter.
  • The increasing global heat, driven primarily by the burning of fossil fuels, exacerbated extreme weather events around the globe and in Australia in 2017.
Here's an infographic of the effects in Australia in 2017 alone.
impact of extreme heat in Australia 2017


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