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Sunday, 17 March 2013
Hottest summer record in Australia? Not even close, says UAH satellite data
"There are probably only ten people in Australia who haven’t heard it was the Hottest Ever, Record Summer Downunder. And they were probably born yesterday. Summer here was so scorchingly awful it was Angry. This Summer was not just hot-hot it was heat-on-Steroids-hot. But a funny thing happened on the orbit overhead. Check out the UAH satellite data on summers since the UAH records began. The graph below (thanks to Ken) is the temperature data from the NASA satellites, processed by UAH (University of Alabama in Huntsville). How many Australians know that satellites, which circle the planet 24 hours a day monitoring vast swathes of air above the surface, disagree with the BOM? The satellite data shows that the summer of 2012-2013 was close to ordinary, compared with the entire satellite record going back to 1979. Not a record. Not even extreme?"