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Sat Jan 19, 2019, 10:40 AM

'It's like hell here': Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C

It was 48.9C last Tuesday in Port Augusta, South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests makes solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete before letting the dogs out. “People tend to stay at home,” she said. “They don’t walk around when it’s like this.”

It’s easy to see why: in the middle of the day it takes seconds to blister a dog’s paw or child’s foot. In Mildura, in northern Victoria, last week gardeners burned their hands when they picked up their tools, which had been left in the sun at 46C. Fish were dying in the rivers.

Almost every day last week a new heat record was broken in Australia. They spread out, unrelenting, across the country, with records broken for all kinds of reasons – as if the statistics were finding an infinite series of ways to say that it was hot.

The tiny town of Noona – population 14 – reached the highest minimum ever recorded overnight in Australia – 35.9C was the coldest it got, at 7am on Friday. It was 45C by noon.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jan/19/australia-swelters-as-relentless-hot-weather-smashes-records?CMP=twt_gu

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Reply 'It's like hell here': Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C (Original post)
demmiblue Jan 19 OP
nycbos Jan 19 #1
demmiblue Jan 19 #3
nycbos Jan 19 #5
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 19 #2
dalton99a Jan 19 #4
Scurrilous Jan 20 #6
roamer65 Jan 20 #7
Joe941 Jan 20 #8
Raine Jan 20 #10
Joe941 Jan 20 #14
Raine Jan 20 #9
Behind the Aegis Jan 20 #11
Achilleaze Jan 20 #12
VOX Jan 20 #13

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2019, 10:43 AM

1. Awful.

That 118. I would be miserable.


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Response to nycbos (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 19, 2019, 10:47 AM

3. Same here.

It makes me appreciate the snow we are having today (feel-like temps in the single digits).

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 19, 2019, 10:56 AM

5. Same with me.

I am in Chicago and there is a lot of snow.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2019, 10:46 AM

2. so the "Chinese hoax" has spread?

We are so far behind we may be cooked. Individual efforts at curbing greenhouse gas emissions are nowhere near enough without big changes in industry.

Have we lost too much government power to be able to constrain industries?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2019, 10:48 AM

4. Mass fish death

On Monday last week the hottest spot in New South Wales was Menindee, a river town that feeds the country’s largest water system, the Murray-Darling basin. It was 45C. It climbed to 47C on Wednesday, and by Thursday the fish were gasping.

Australia’s native Murray cod can live for decades under normal conditions, growing all the while. The oldest are a metre long, with heavy white bellies that have to be held with both hands. Last week, hundreds died, choked of oxygen due to an algal bloom that fed and grew in the heat, and collapsed when temperatures dipped.

Blue-green algae flourishes in hot, slow-moving water. Then, when temperatures inevitably drop, the algae dies and becomes a food source for bacteria, who multiply and starve the river of oxygen. The fish rise to the surface.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 03:33 AM

6. K&R

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 03:46 AM

7. The Earth is about 2.5 million miles closer to the Sun during Southern Hemisphere summer.

More intense solar radiation on an atmosphere increasingly loaded with CO2.

Australia will become uninhabitable first, then Southern Africa.

Changing the composition of our atmosphere is akin to moving the planets “Goldilocks zone”.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 04:24 AM

8. You can thank the climate denying tRump.

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 05:15 AM

10. The denying has been going on for decades

it has taken longer then the last two years of denial for this to happen. It will only get worse with his denial but this is the point we're at and it started long before Trump.

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Response to Raine (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 07:55 AM

14. Obama wasn't a denier.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 04:42 AM

9. The media should be covering this, MSNBC, CNN, FOX

nothing to be heard regarding this but the sounds of crickets..

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 05:44 AM

11. Bats are passing out from the heat.

No, I am not kidding. I read an article that bats are having such a difficult time, they are literally passing out from heat exhaustion! WTF!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 06:24 AM

12. republican lies about climate change are dangerous for US & and the world

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 06:40 AM

13. 50C equals 122F

Just to put that in quick perspective.

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