Extreme Temperature Diary-November 26, 2018/ Topic: Australian Heat and United states Chill

Monday November 26th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. 

Australian Heat and United States Chill

It has come to my attention that as Australia enters summer another dreaded heat wave is underway:

Here is a Guardian article on the heat in Queensland written on November 5th: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/05/queensland-on-alert-as-heatwave-blasts-state-from-north-to-south

I’ll  let all know of any more news coming from Australia and…

If you remember last season bats were literally being roasted to death, unfortunately:


Taking a look at the heat dome over northern Australia from this morning I do see high 500 millibar heights above 588 decameters with more typical frontal systems moving over southern Australia:


Dear Diary. Well this evening Bill McKibben did see more news coming from Australia:

Dear Diary: On the 27th (Wednesday) Bob Henson wrote a very thorough post on what is now occurring in Australia:

The Australian heat wave is part of the ongoing fever affecting most of the planet as noted by all the orange colors on the Climate Reanalyzer charts:

Not all areas of the planet are experiencing above average temperatures due to carbon pollution, though. Most of central North America is colored blue on the Climate Reanalyzer chart indicating colder than average temperatures. Across the Midwest a winter storm named by The Weather Channel as Bruce just set down a thick layer of snow:

It’s interesting that the United States is undergoing yet another cold November in this era of global warming. A new El Nino is blossoming in the Pacific, which probably will lead to relatively warmer times across the United States in 2019. The U.S. had a very cold November in 2014 before a strong El Nino kicked into high gear aiding to send heat levels into record territory in 2015 and 2016 as catalogued on my “Record Scoreboard” updated through 11/23/18 from: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/datatools/records

For this data set all monthly ratios of  > 10 to 1 DHMX to DLMN or > 10 to 1 DLMN to DHMX are in bold type. The rankings are for the lower 48 states with the warmest ranking since 1895 of average temperatures being 124 and 1 being the coldest as of 2018.  Blue colors represent cold months and red warm. Those months with counts close to a 1 to 1 ratio of highs to lows are colored black.

NCDC rankings have been color coded (under tabs in each file) such that values of 52 to 72 are black representing neutral months or years (+ or – 10 from the average ranking of 62). Values below 50 are color coded blue and values above 72 are color coded red.

The NCEI database now incorporates hundreds of record lows set from the Northeast the last few days. November will only be the second cold “blue” month since November 2014. That’s only 2 months out of 48 since that time of significantly more daily low records than high! 

Unfortunately also due to the U.S. chill this month the weather is muddling the climate message given by NAC4 (The 4th National Climate Assessment), Part 2. Our dear leader, President Trump, has been trolling climate scientists again this year:

Anyhoo… We’ll see if a cold winter sets in for the U.S. and if the world cools down over the next several months. Somehow I doubt it, but if so old Trump will be really crowing.😉


Here is more climate and weather news from Monday:

(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity.)


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