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Australia Had Warmest Spring, Third-Warmest Year in 2014

Posted by feww on January 6, 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE DISASTERS
EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
MAJOR EMERGENCY
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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SSTs around Australia were unusually warm at 0.49°C above average

Australia recorded its third-warmest calendar year in 104 years, since national records began in 1910, said the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

“Today’s release of the Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate Statement 2014 confirms Australia has recorded its third-warmest calendar year since national records began in 1910.”

Mean temperatures were 0.91C above the long-term average last year, said BOM.

“This follows the warmest year on record in 2013, which was 1.20°C warmer than average.”

The news comes amid South Australia’s worst bushfires in thirty years, as a major wildfire Adelaide Hills continues to burn uncontrollably, with soaring temperatures and strong winds forecast to fuel it further.

The monster blaze has already consumed at least 38 homes, 125 outbuildings and four businesses, the South Australian authorities have confirmed.

BOM Report: Selected Highlights

  • Spring 2014 was the warmest on record in Australia.
  • A number of major bushfires occurred during January and February, with particularly destructive fires in Victoria and South Australia.
  • Six significant heatwaves and warm spells occurred, including one of southeast Australia’s most prolonged heatwaves in mid-January.
  • Prolonged rainfall deficiencies continued for inland and southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales.
  • Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) around Australia were unusually warm; 0.49°C above average for the year to November.
  • Australian temperatures have warmed approximately one degree Celsius since 1950, and the continued warmth in 2014 adds to this long-term warming trend.

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M5.6 Quake Strikes South Island, NZ

Posted by feww on January 6, 2015

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN NZ
SCENARIOS 700, [500,] 08, 07, 02
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Strong earthquake strikes 124km WNW of Christchurch, New Zealand

Centered at 43.071°S, 171.230°E the quake struck at a depth of 9.1km (5.7mi), said USGS/EHP.

At least one significant aftershock, measuring 4.2Mw was recorded, as of posting.

EQ Details
Event Time: 2015-01-05 17:48:42 UTC
Location: 43.071°S 171.230°E depth=9.1km (5.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 44km (27mi) SSE of Hokitika, New Zealand
  • 124km (77mi) WNW of Christchurch
  • 353km (219mi) SW of Wellington

Other earthquakes in NZ Region today include

  • M5.3 – 206km NNW of Auckland Island, New Zealand
    Location: 49.108°S 164.701°E
    Depth: 27.0km
  • M4.8 – 214km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    Location: 33.349°S 179.184°W
    Depth: 23.3km

NOTE:

NZ’s geonet reported the quake intensity as “severe” with the following details:

  • Magnitude: 6.0
  • Depth: 5km
  • Date/Time: January 5, 2015 @ 17:48:41UTC
  • Location:  -43.06°S , 171.25°E; 30 km West of Arthur’s Pass

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