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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:34 AM

Heat records fall as Sydney sizzles

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Sydney is experiencing its hottest day on record, with temperatures above 45 degrees across the greater city area.

The mercury hit 45.8 degrees Celsius at Observatory Hill at 2.55pm, 0.5 above Sydney's previous hottest day in 1939.

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At least 21 people have sought help (from NSW Ambulance Service) for heat exposure, with a further 84 calls received for unconsciousness, fainting and vomiting which paramedics say can also be attributed to heat stress.

In the past 10 days, 182 people called on paramedics seeking emergency treatment for heat stress.



Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-18/temperature-in-sydney-soars/4471424



Just last week, I posted an article about record temperatues; this week the all-time record has been set. For those in the U.S., this translates to 114 deg. F.

When I went out to do some banking this afternoon, I noticed that nobody at all was sitting at any of the outdoor cafes - it's too hot even to sit outside and have a cool drink.

There are bushfires currently out of control in country Victoria, which also has seen record temperatures, and in northern NSW. Mercifully, no human lives have been lost, thanks largely to people carefully following bushfire protocols, but many properties have been burnt out, and tens of thousands of animals, both wild and farm animals, have died. I've been used to regular heatwaves all my life, but this is something else.

Following on the fires and drought seen in the U.S. last summer, surely this is a huge wakeup call about climate change, and it may be one of our last chances to come to grips with it. Yet the deniers aren't even blinking.

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Matilda Jan 2013 OP
lexw Jan 2013 #1
Matilda Jan 2013 #2
Cha Jan 2013 #3
joshcryer Jan 2013 #4
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #5
ChisolmTrailDem Jan 2013 #6
Seedersandleechers Jan 2013 #7
Seedersandleechers Jan 2013 #8
Matilda Jan 2013 #10
mountain grammy Jan 2013 #9
roguevalley Jan 2013 #11
progressoid Jan 2013 #12
Matilda Jan 2013 #13
Violet_Crumble Jan 2013 #14
Matilda Jan 2013 #16
Berlum Jan 2013 #15

Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:57 AM

1. Wow!!!!

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:32 AM

2. Bushfire photos



A kangaroo tries to escape a bushfire in Gippsland, Victoria





Rear windshield of this ABC car in Coonabarabran, northern NSW, was shattered by the heat

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:46 AM

3. Poor Peeps in Sydney Australia. Bet, they cannot

wait for Winter! Wonder how hot it is in the Outback, then? Hmmm.. only a 38 Celsius..

http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/travel-info/weather/todays-temperature.cfm

http://www.fahrenheittocelsius.com/

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:59 AM

4. I have friends in AU. It's hell on Earth.

It's incredible what climate change is doing.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:09 AM

5. Good lord...

and it will only get worse. I might have to start thinking about relocating to Wisconsin or Canada

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:12 AM

6. Yep. eom

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:12 AM

7. I read somewhere that when it comes to climate change

Australia is the canary in the coal mine. If anyone knows why that is or if it's even true I would like to be enlightened.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:18 AM

8. Okay, so I answered my own question

"As Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell reported in 2011, the tendency of climate change to "amplify existing climate signals" means that already extreme places like Australia will be the first to experience the kind of major impacts that could be in store for the rest of the world."


http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/australia-canary-global-warming-coal-

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:32 AM

10. That makes sense.

It's like the melting of the ice in the Arctic, and low-lying Pacific islands already being flooded, with people having to leave. These are symbols of what lies ahead for more moderate climes, and it will happen.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:29 AM

9. I live high in the Co RockiesRockies

We have thousands of acres of dead pine trees due to a tiny beetle that just grew and prospered during five warm winters. Last year our snowpack was 20% of normal. But considering weather related catastrophes, we have been lucky.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:42 AM

11. I have a friend at a sheep station in Wagga Wagga. It can get to 136. They have

evac warnings for fires. I love you, Australia. Know that. I am with you in my heart.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:55 AM

12. Rec.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:47 AM

13. One phenomenon we noticed is that our cat is still losing her fur.

She normally begins to lose her winter coat in early October, and by December, the moulting is over. But this summer she kept right on shedding her fur, and she's still losing it - we're continually brushing it up, and it's rather a nuisance. She looks thinner than she's ever looked, and we figure it's her body's automatic response to climate change. It was happening long before the high temperatures started, so it's very interesting to see how animals adapt to change before it actually happens.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 04:12 AM

14. Hey Matilda. It was a bit milder here at 42 degrees, but it was also an all-time record for us*...

I'm just grateful our heat doesn't have the humidity that Sydney's does, but dry heat at over 40 is pretty much unbearable. I ventured out for lunch, but went fleeing back into the office pretty quickly, and was very grateful I left the a/c on this morning to try to keep my dog comfortable during the day...

* Correction: just read there was one other day that was a bit hotter in Canberra in February 1968...

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:41 AM

16. A nor'wester has come through and the temp. has dropped to 23 deg. now.

Still very humid though, and of course, the house has residual warmth, so we have air-con going.

Tomorrow's going to be mid-20s - that's the crazy thing; the way it swings to extremes.

Just learned there's a bushfire at Kuringai Chase, about 25 minutes from us. We could smell it earlier, but didn't know where it was. Lots of horses up that way at Terrey Hills, so I hope they're going to be okay.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:48 AM

15. A big reason for Republican FAIL: their steady stream of LIES about reality

No one of any intelligence any long believes the Republican LIES about this.

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