While the Midwest and Plains get the coldest temperatures on record, it’s even going to reach as far south as Miami.
Oh, yeah, while I can hear the folks up north pulling out the tiny violins for us putting on our woolies for a low of 48F down here, it’s a reminder that we get cold snaps, too, and sometimes they can do real damage to the citrus crops in the northern part of the state. Remember that when you’re paying $7 for a carton of orange juice.
So while the climate change deniers chortle about the hoax of global warming, there is another part of the world that is going through a heat wave.
On Thursday, parts of inland Australia reached temperatures around 50 degrees Celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit, before a shifting air mass is forecast to bring weekend temperatures back to averages in the mid-30s. There were reports of temperatures as high as 54 degrees Celsius, 129 degrees Fahrenheit, in the outback on Thursday.
With this unusual heat, Australia begins 2014 in the same way it ended 2013 — hot, dry, and politically uninspired to do anything about it. Australia spent much of 2013 on track to set a new record for hottest year ever. According to The Guardian, the Bureau of Meteorology “is expected to announce on Friday that 2013 had been Australia’s warmest year, with average temperatures trending about 1C above the long-term average.”
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino told The Sydney Morning Herald that “for some places, particularly western Queensland, it’ll be the most intense heatwave for some parts of the state in more than 50 years.”
But Al Gore is fat, so there.
HT to Steve M.