Checking the Bureau of Meteorology claim against data from various global climate research groups available at KNMI Climate Explorer shows that not all support the BoM claim. CRUT4, GISS and NCDC are not yet available through December but will check as they become available to end 2013. The BoM might have some support there.
GHCN CAMS finds that 2005 was a hotter year than 2013.
RSS satellites finds that 2005, 1998 and 1980 were hotter years than 2013.
UAH satellites finds that 2009 was a hotter year.
Note my December 2013 post highlighting the warming drift 2005-2006 in UAH compared to RSS. In the chart it is plain that UAH is badly out of step at 2006.
I also posted –
Similar to Australia in 2005-06 – large grid box in southern Africa shows huge warming departure in UAH lower troposphere satellite temperature anomalies compared to RSS – and –
Difference between UAH and RSS satellite lower troposphere T anomalies has a distinct step change 2004-2005 over the USA 48 States – not as marked as Australia
UPDATE: Just noticed I had spelled his name wrong, it’s not Stefan, It’s Steffen. I should have known it! Fixed. No wonder I couldn’t find a record of it on Google. Duh.
UPDATE 2, a day later … Thanks to Pat at Jonova, but Will’s been shouting a lot today it seems:
Steffen again and again and again:
9 Jan: Coffs Coast Advocate: Climate Change Commission: report shows QLD is warming
???Many of these findings would be little surprise to much of Queensland which experienced horrifying drought conditions and high temperatures throughout the year…
Report author Professor Will Steffen said all weather was now inside an environment with more heat than 50 years ago.
“This is loading the dice towards more record hot weather, in Australia and around the world,” he said.
“Although more record hot weather is virtually certain for the next few decades, even higher risks of heat for the second half of the century can be averted by slowing climate change and then stabilising the climate system.
“This requires urgent, persistent and deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades, here in Australia and around the world.”
9 Jan: Business Spectator: 2014 may be even hotter
However, The AFR says, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology is not expecting El Nino to return in 2014 but that the certainty around the debate will become clearer by autumn.
Climate councillor Will Steffen said record hot years were, on average, only expected once every “100 years or so”, but that Australia had seen record years in 1998, 2005 and last year.
i can’t get this one to open properly, but this is at least one bit of Steffen from the article that showed up in search results:
9 Jan: West Australian: Perth set for scorching 43C Saturday, Pilbara to wn of Onslow forecast to reach over 50C
“The year was remarkable for the large number of heat-related records that were set,” said Climate Councillor Professor Will Steffen…