Extreme Temperature Diary-February 5th, 2019/ Topic: Just Set: Southern Most 90F Reading Ever Recorded On Earth

Just Set: Southern Most 90F Reading Ever Recorded On Earth

Tuesday February 5th… 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). 😉

It’s come to my attention that we recently had another heat wave in the Southern Hemisphere with historic ramifications. Instead of Australia this heat episode came from Chile and Argentina across the southernmost area of South America. In fact, we may have seen the most southern occurrence of 32C (90F) ever observed reported on 2/4/2019 at Porvenir, Chile. I’m getting this information from Etienne Kapikian from France:

Checking met models and guidance I do see why we saw very hot conditions in southern South America looking at this 850 millibar anomaly chart’s “warm” colors:

Here are more records from Chile:

Here is an impressive Chilean summary:


Here are more record “ETs” via Etienne:

Suffice it to write, as far as climate change goes, we are seeing a plethora of bad signs during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer this year. Once I see some articles from South America or elsewhere on this heat episode I’ll post those here:

Article #1: 2/5/2019 5:30 PM EST:

Article #2: 2/5/2019 6:00 PM EST:


Reposting this article:

Heatwave turns ‘gateway to Antartic’ into beach town

By Renzo Pipoli (0)

Some people are swimming in the Beagle Canal this week, as a result of unusually warm weather on the southern tip of South America. Photo by clairegoyer/Pixabay

Feb. 5 (UPI) — Unusually warm temperatures in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, an area called the gateway to the Antartic region, led officials to declare Tuesday a holiday and residents to the shores for recreation.

The area, which is undergoing summer, reached a temperature of 87 degrees Fahrenheit in Rio Grande Monday, about 1,400 miles south of Buenos Aires. Some people changed daily habits due to the heatwave in the area this week.

Some unusual activities “for these latitudes” have been seen, like sunbathing and swimming along the coast of the Argentine Sea and the Beagle Canal in Ushuaia, Sureno reported Tuesday.

Officials in Tierra del Fuego province declared Tuesday a special day off for government workers because structures are not built for warmer weather. Only skeleton groups worked at government agencies, Sureno’s report said.

The highs this week in Tierra del Fuego were well above summer averages, which are around 50 degrees, La Nacion reported. Swimming in the Beagle Canal is also very unusual, it added.

The entire country is seeing higher temperatures this time of the year, which correspond to summer in the southern hemisphere.

Tierra del Fuego, which has a population just over 152,000, is an archipelago in the southernmost part of South America, with Argentina occupying its eastern part. It’s located about 620 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula through the Drake Passage.

The Antarctic is an area claimed by different countries that mostly harbors research ships.


Here is some more climate and weather news from Tuesday:

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