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Deep red: pretty maps, but oh so scary

NASA (via Climate Progress) reports hottest January-to-November on record:

This is the warmest January-November in the GISS analysis, which covers 131 years. However, it is only a few hundredths of a degree warmer than 2005, so it is possible that the final GISS results for the full year will find 2010 and 2005 to have the same temperature within the margin of error.

Note Australia for November: cooler in the east, but warmer in the west. States such as NSW, Victoria and Queensland have experienced devastating floods. The West is suffering under drought conditions.

As BoM notes;

Australia recorded its wettest spring on record for the 2010 September to November period. The area averaged total of 163 mm beat the previous record by 23 mm. This was achieved despite the widespread above-average rainfall again missing the southwest corner of the country, which is experiencing its driest year-to-date on record. Northern and eastern parts of the country have continued to receive above to very much above average rainfall, with Queensland, New South Wales and the NT all recording their wettest spring on record. All states recorded above average rainfall for spring, with all states except Tasmania recording totals placing them in their ten wettest springs on record…

Rainfall has been below average across much of southwest and southeast Australia since 1997, whilst central and southern parts of the Murray-Darling Basin have experienced below average rainfall since 2002. These long-term deficiencies have taken place against a background of well above average temperatures, including Australia’s warmest decade on record.

Rainfall deficiencies for WA:

Condolences to WA readers, I know there are a few that come to this blog.

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