a hotter past … fleeing to the hills

The hottest day on record?
Not 2010, BUT 1828 at a blistering 53.9 °C
Back before man-made climate change was frying Australia, when CO2 was around 300ppm, the continent savoured an ideal pre-industrial climate…….. RIGHT?
This is the kind of climate we are spending $10bn per annum to get back to….. Right again?
We are told today’s climate has more records and more extremes than times gone by, but the few records we have from the early 1800’s are eye-popping.
Things were not just hotter, but so wildly hot it burst thermometers.
The earliest temperature records we have show that Australia was a land of shocking heatwaves and droughts, except for when it was bitterly cold or raging in flood.

In other words, nothing has changed, except possibly things might not be quite so hot now!
Silliggy (Lance Pidgeon) has been researching records from early explorers and from newspapers.
What he’s uncovered is fascinating! It’s as if history is being erased!

For all that we hear about recent record-breaking climate extremes, records that are equally extreme, and sometimes even more so, are ignored.

In January 1896 a savage blast “like a furnace” stretched across Australia from east to west and lasted for weeks.
The death toll reached 437 people in the eastern states.
Newspaper reports showed that in Bourke the heat approached 120°F (48.9°C) on three days.
Links to documentary evidence (1)(2)(3)
The maximum at or above 102 degrees F (38.9°C) for 24 days straight!
Use the several links below to read the news reports at the time for yourself ……
1. By Tuesday Jan 14, people were reported falling deadin the streets.
2. Unable to sleep, people in Brewarrina walked the streets at night for hours, thermometers recorded109F at midnight.
3. Overnight, the temperature did not fall below 103°F.
4. On Jan 18 in Wilcannia, five deaths were recorded in one day, the hospitals were overcrowdedand reports said that “more deaths are hourly expected”.
5. By January 24, in Bourke, many businesses had shut down (almost everything bar the hotels).
6. Panic stricken Australians were fleeing to the hills in climate refugee trains.

As reported at the time, the government felt the situation was so serious that to save lives and ease the suffering of its citizens they added cheaper train services:
What I found most interesting about this was the skill, dedication and length of meteorological data taken in the 1800′s. When our climate is “the most important moral challenge” why is it there is so little interest in our longest and oldest data?
Who knew that one of the most meticulous and detailed temperature records in the world from the 1800′s comes from Adelaide, largely thanks to Sir Charles Todd.

The West Terrace site in Adelaide was one of the best in the world at the time, and provides accurate historic temperatures from “Australia’s first permanent weather bureau at Adelaide in 1856″.
Rainfall records even appear to go as far back as 1839. Lance Pidgeon went delving into the National Archives and was surprised at what he found.
The media are in overdrive, making out that “the extreme heat is the new normal” in Australia.
The Great Australian Heatwave of January 2013 didn’t push the mercury above 50C at any weather station in Australia, yet it’s been 50C (122F) and hotter in many inland towns across Australia over the past century.
See how many are in the late 1800′s and early to mid 1900′s.
You can’t blame those high records on man-made global warming!

Non-government scientists continually find fault from BoM data, exposed by aged newspaper records of events. Compliments to Lance Pidgeon and other dedicated unpaid researchers.

Today, there is air conditioning, and the main scaremongering comes from Canberra, keeping cool with their lakes.canberra-036

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the climate craziness … and “scientifically-illiterate newscasters”


Well that kind of disturbs me, hating the cold as I do. Is this because all the wind farms and solar panels are cooling the earth. Isn’t that what they were designed to do. Except, CO2 continues to rise. Something doesn’t add up. It’s the craziness, says retired Professor, Dr Judith Curry:  Climatologist Resigns Over ‘Craziness in Field of Climate Science,’ ‘Politicized’ Reward System

Something in the water? Enercon, a major wind turbine company admits fault in a court hearing about the sound disturbing nearby residents in Ireland. That will disturb many other pending cases. Meanwhile: Another Colorado ski resort closes because of too much snow. Oh dear, there goes another ‘end of snow’ argument, once the warming catch-cry.

This Professor excoriates the media:

Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer ‘outraged by distortions of CO2 & climate intoned by hapless, scientifically-illiterate newscasters’

Even Polar Bears numbers are at their highest in 50 years: Polar bear conservation group blasts Obama for climate alarmism: ‘Sensationalized nonsense’

Fortunately for them, they don’t have to contend with wind turbine blades, which keep killing endangered eagles.

Crazy, to come, extra excessive heat? Well, “once upon a time”:

So much hype in the Australian media about how hot it is going to get at Bourke, in western NSW, this week. Once upon a time it really did get hot at Bourke…

Fiddling Temperatures for Bourke: Part 1, Hot Days By jennifer on March 29, 2014 in Information IF you know Bourke, you know Australia, wrote the famous Australian poet Henry Lawson. There is something quintessentially Australian about the place, the harshness of the western landscape, a tenacious s…
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a response to record rain …

Between rain events in the tropics, it’s nice to get out and watch changes happening. The record early start to the wet season of over 400mm (8 inches) looks to be a big year for rainfall ahead. The appropriate response here, click to enlarge:

2017-01-11-11-54-31A Bearded Dragon ( Pogona vitticeps) enjoying some warmth. Often confused with the Frill-necked Lizard.

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fictional ‘climate science and sustainability’ …

It’s been obvious for some time to me, how environmentalist journalism is prone to exaggeration, telling tales and making things up. Ecowatch, in their eternal exaggerations, caused me to do a 5 second search of author Mongabay. Fiction is the result, with a pretty map, ending up at The Guardian:

This Map Shows How Your Consumption Habits Impact Wildlife Thousands of Miles Away

Scientists have mapped how major consuming countries drive threats to endangered species elsewhere.
ecowatch.com|By Mongabay

After perusing the above news-feed, I commented here after a short visit to Mongabay:

Tom Harley Fiction

Just what I expected to see.

Have a look, it describes the way climatist greenies can influence an environmental agenda, says Stanford University.

The purpose of Australian novelist Guy Lane’s fiction writing is to help normalize the conversation about sustainability. At present, only a small percentage of the public talks about climate science and sustainability. The opportunity exists to bring these ideas to a wider audience through popular fiction.

Cover of the novel Yongala by Guy Lane, featuring the image Sarah by Andreas Franke from The Sinking World collection.

Cover of the novel Yongala by Guy Lane, featuring the image Sarah by Andreas Franke from The Sinking World collection.

[…] The challenge is to embed the sustainability themes so that they do not become didactic or overt, and thus distract from the flow of the story. Fiction novels are not text-books, and themes need to be divulged subtly, with the intent that they work their way into the subconscious of the reader.

This writing process allows Guy to cover a broad range of sustainability themes, including Planetary Boundaries, the Blue Economy, Eradicating Ecocide, the rise of the global Superclass, algae biofuels, and the role of the mainstream media in keeping us all in the dark. Guy’s writing process has three distinct levels: theme, context, characters and plot.

In ‘normal speak’ translation, leftist propaganda or science fiction. They are quoting this ‘Guy’, a Guardian Fake News writer:

  • Guy Lane | The Guardian


    Guy Lane . Guy Lane is Assistant Picture Editor, News. 19 December 2016. … climate change wildlife energy pollution science media crosswords blog editor quick

    So Stanford University is a Guardian reader. Heh. Reality becomes fiction, or is it fiction becoming reality. Ask Guy:

  • Guy Lane Fiction Writer


    Guy Lane‘s novels showcase the ideas of a practitioner and thought-leader in sustainability. He is a strategist, advisor, commentator and entrepreneur.

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    a golfing ecology …

    Checking the local golf club this morning, the early sunning of lizards, and fruiting trees on the fairway. The Broome Golf Club has a strong presence of local wildlife and fauna.


    David Neave showing me this Pindan Walnut next to a fairway.

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    dsc03326 dsc03329 dsc03331From the Club Pavilion, an Ocean view, and native fruit trees.

    Now to prepare for the next bout of fabulous monsoon rain in a few days.

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    bushland after record rain …

    Following Broome’s December monthly rainfall record of over 400mm, it was time to see the result. From grasshopper swarms crossing the road, to goannas searching for termites and other prey, the dam is full that wild horses use, and the grass seems to grow a foot a week.


    Monitor following dingo track


    This was a relatively small goanna, but claws can still rip open a termite mound (I call it a pindanpost)

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    The trees here are mostly Darwin Box, Eucalyptus tectifica.

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    Tail ready to whip if I got closer. Which I wasn’t.

    Millions of little hoppers crossing the road, only to get swiped by cars and road trains.

    Crossing from one green flood plain with livestock, crossing to the higher side, with no cattle.dsc03304 dsc03306

    Fruit and flowers agree with the recent heavy rains. The wet has barely begun.

    dsc03281 dsc03290 dsc03297 dsc03302The last petals with the latest shoots of Cyanostegia cyanocalyx.

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    goodbye global warming …

    Well, the science part, where the UN IPCC has corrupted the climate change science for at least a decade. The latest science is also overwhelming. Global warming from man’s  CO2 emissions is not happening. 1000 peer reviewed papers in the last three years confirm it.

    […] “The political message and funding were directed to only research that proved their hypothesis. Only journals that favored the objective were used and encouraged, so the preponderance of research and publications supported the predetermined message. It is a classic case of Lysenkoism

    A lot more at notrickzone, follow links.

    Dr Judith Curry this week added to the crescendo against the IPCC with her very public resignation from a tenured position:

    ‘CRAZINESS’ in climate field leads dissenter Dr. Judith Curry to resign: ‘I have resigned my tenured faculty position at Georgia Tech’

    The question now depends on a response from the IPCC, choose politics … or science. You can not have both.

    Nothing left for the mockery to begin:

    Dr. Pielke Jr. mocks new claim: ‘A magic force field’ is now preventing land-falling hurricanes? – Warmists scramble to explain lack of extreme weather

    The Washington Times agrees with millions more:


    • 2016’s biggest loser: Big Green — ‘Voters turned thumbs down on the climate change lobby’

      The rest of the media are on the IPCC side, just like they were on Hillary Clinton’s side. At this stage, the IPCC are on the political side, against science.

    (h/t climate depot)

    UPDATE, confirmation with weather:

    (Graph plotted from RSS figures here)


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    auditing the BoM weather records…

    Drs J Marohasy and J Abbott shows how BoM has it wrong, again. Many warmer years, but 1914 shows as warmer than 2016. Just history repeating: […]

    Chart 1. Two temperature reconstructions for the state of Victoria (blue and red lines), and also a reconstruction for the south-east of Australia (green line) – showing annual mean maximum temperatures from 1910. The three time-series are based on very different methodologies, and show a high degree of inter-annual synchrony – but very different overall temperature trends. The different methods used to construct these three series, and the resulting statistics, are detailed in Table 1.

    Chart 1. Two temperature reconstructions for the state of Victoria (blue and red lines), and also a reconstruction for the south-east of Australia (green line) – showing annual mean maximum temperatures from 1910. The three time-series are based on very different methodologies, and show a high degree of inter-annual synchrony – but very different overall temperature trends. The different methods used to construct these three series, and the resulting statistics, are detailed in Table 1.

    Yesterday the Australian Bureau of Meteorology released its Annual Climate Statement, claiming 2016 to be the fourth-warmest year on record for Australia – and also an unusually wet year. Wet years are usually much cooler years, but because the overall trend in the ACORN-SAT* time series shows significant warming, even a wet year comes out as relatively hot.

    Of course there is no one place in Australia where the average temperature can be measured; so the Bureau relies on a reconstruction to determine how hot 2016 was, relative to the historical record. Their method, however, is quite subjective in terms of choice of locations to include, the method used to remodel the individual temperature series before they are combined (this is refered to as homogenisation*), and the area weighting applied – with the weighting changing on a daily and monthly basis. […]

    A number of non-government scientists have found a lot wrong with the way BoM adjust data, to suit an agenda which keeps them well funded. Yet Bom are still going to cut many country staff from the payroll.

    * Marohasy, J. & Abbot, J. 2016. Southeast Australian Maximum Temperature Trends, 1887–2013: An Evidence-Based Reappraisal.  In: Evidence-Based Climate Science (Second Edition), Pages 83-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-804588-6.00005-7 You can read more about this series here: http://jennifermarohasy.com/2016/12/temperatures-trends-southeast-australia-1887-part/

    Site auditing for instruments and station change are a mess. Here is an excellent post by Dr Bill Johnston, on Sydney’s heated site and fake temperature records.

    […] It is astonishing that the Bureau and all the professors, failed to correct for the move in 1949; and construction of the wall, probably in 1972. Together with opening of the Cahill Expressway, and replacing the large screen with a small one, changes modified the environment and created trends that have nothing to do with the climate.

    The end of the 19th century data is avoided by BoM too, because they were something different then!

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    what honesty and integrity look like in science …

    Dr Judith Curry was an avowed warmist believing scientist before I started looking into climate science. I watched and read all the debates between Dr Curry, those who pushed the Government’s global warming agenda, and the skeptical community of scientists. Dr Curry was one of the first to actually question the IPCC dogma.

    Gradually over the years, her opinion changed as one after the other, the warmist lunacies became uncovered. For that’s what much of it was, lunatic, unswaying, demands to toe the line by fellow tenured climate scientists. Dr Curry resigned today, and here is what she had to say:


    Congratulations Dr Curry, finally re-joining the world of real scientists, which include such notables as Dyson, Happer, Lindzen, Singer, Spencer, Christy, Idso Brothers, the Pielkes, father and son, the late Robert Carter and many others. Now, let’s see who else will join the real world of independent non-governmental scientists of the NIPCC.

    (h/t climate depot)

    Update, I guess this kind of thing was to the fore in Dr Curry’s mind:

    Crumbling ‘Consensus’: 500 Scientific Papers Published In 2016 Support A Skeptical Position On ClimateCrumbling ‘Consensus’: 500 Scientific Papers Published In 2016 Support A Skeptical Position On Climate


    […] “Remember this was a tiny field, a backwater, and then suddenly you increased the funding to billions and everyone got into it,” Lindzen said. “Even in 1990 no one at MIT called themselves a ‘climate scientist,’ and then all of a sudden everyone was. They only entered it because of the bucks; they realized it was a gravy train. You have to get it back to the people who only care about the science.”

    Update 3: Skeptical Climate Scientists Coming In From the Cold

    By James Varney, RealClearInvestigations December 31, 2016

    In the world of climate science, the skeptics are coming in from the cold.


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    “the climate-scam crowd goes to war” …

    The “Climate wars” take a new direction. Tony Thomas writes at Quadrant:

    Obama declines to bomb an ISIS convoy because burning trucks will boost CO2 emissions … Australia’s defence wallahs fret about rising seas and drowning air bases …  alarmist ratbaggery distorts strategy and budgets. Military effectiveness has a new enemy: the climate-scam crowd


    Read it all, it’s compulsory. Effectively supporting terrorism!672b4-6a010536b58035970c01b8d13bc35c970c-pi

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