2019 was second warmest year on record

The heating up of the world seems too be confirmed by 2019 records (and debate is likely to remain hot).

AFP: 2019 second hottest year on record

The year 2019 was the second hottest ever recorded and a virtual tie with 2016, the warmest El Nino year, the European Union’s climate monitor says in its round up of the hottest decade in history.

Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) showed that worldwide temperatures were just 0.04 degrees Celsius lower than 2016, when temperatures were boosted 0.12 degrees Celsius by a once-in-a-century El Nino natural weather event.

The five last years have been the hottest on record, and the period of 2010-2019 was the hottest decade since records began, C3S said.

Globally temperatures in 2019 were 0.6 Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 average. Earth’s temperature over the last five years was 1.1C-1.2C warmer than pre-industrial times.

The year was just 0.04C cooler than 2016, which saw temperatures boosted by a once-in-a-century strength El Nino.

– ‘Alarming signs’ –

C3S also said that atmospheric carbon concentrations continued to rise in 2019, reaching their highest levels on record.

CO2 concentrations are now the highest they have been for at least 800,000 years.

Last year saw the most pronounced warming in Alaska and other parts of the Arctic, as well as large swathes of eastern and southern Europe, southern Africa, and Australia.

In Europe all seasons were warmer than average, with several countries registering both summer and winter temperature highs. December 2019 was 3.2C warmer than the 1981-2010 reference period, C3S said.

Australia was also three degrees hotter than historic averages in December, its Bureau of Meteorology said.

Drought and high temperatures in Australia have contributed to a catastrophic fire season which continue unabated – Fire danger increases again in Victoria as conditions worsen

Rising temperatures, dry lightning and a wind change are expected to cause fires to flare up and even spark new blazes this afternoon, as communities in East Gippsland and the north-east barely begin to count their losses.

Prior to 2019 being added to the warmest year records: The 10 Hottest Global Years on Record

The 10 Hottest Global Years on Record

2019 will add to that at just below 2016, making the ten hottest years now all in this century, with the five hottest being the last five years 2015-2019.

RNZ: The places in New Zealand for which 2019 was the warmest year on record

Parts of New Zealand experienced their warmest year on record in 2019, with some records going back more than a 150 years.

Across the country, the Chatham Islands lead the way, recording temperatures 1.7 degrees above average.

The Chathams started recording their temperatures in 1878, and have never had a year warmer than 2019.

Local fisherman Jamie Lanauze said kingfish, which were common further north, were being seen more often in the Chathams.

The islands weren’t wasn’t alone – Blenheim, Dunedin, Rotorua and Invercargill all had record years.

Back on the mainland near Dunedin – which also had its warmest year since records began 1867 – fishermen are noticing the changes.

Port Chalmers Fishermen’s Co-operative Society president Ant Smith said the fishing quota system needed to reflect the effects of climate change, and believed that was currently not the case.

In the deep south, Invercargill was one degree above it’s average temperature of 8.9 degrees, its warmest since year since records began in 1911.

Rising sea temperatures will have particularly affected the Chatham Islands.

The last five winters or so have been noticeably less cold (fewer frosts and snow) than in the past in Dunedin.

  • Chatham Islands 1.7 degrees above average (records began 1878)
  • Blenheim 1.2 degrees above average (records began 1932)
  • Dunedin 1.1 degrees above average (records began 1867)
  • Rotorua 1.1 degrees above average (records began 1886)
  • Invercargill 1.0 degree above average (records began 1911)
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  1. Duker

     /  9th January 2020

    This is how the manipulate the temperature readings , like putting in locations that are hotspots
    “In the US they played a similar trick with Death Valley ‘records’ by putting a new station right up close to the bare rocks of a steep slope to make sure some new high temps will be recorded .
    The standard location out on the valley itself at Furnace Creek has been recording for almost 100 years

    map showing the ‘new’ location below the steep cliffs to Dantes peak

  2. Jonty

     /  9th January 2020

    Absolute ballocks.
    Auckland has just had the coldest windiest December that I can remember and it’s moving into January.
    Do they use the same temperature gauge every year to measure this?

    • Dunedin had an unusually warm November, and the last month has been crappy and cool. But individual locations and short term weather conditions don’t debunk world temperature records over a full year.

      • Duker

         /  9th January 2020

        Same location ‘selection’ happened with Penrith at the foot of the Blues Mountains to catch the foehn effect. Its only been recording since 1995 , and yet something like 15 other recording locations for the greater Sydney area. Its the place mentioned when the say ‘Sydneys hottest temperature’ yet its 50km from the harbour bridge. the so called centre of Sydney would be Parramatta.

        You do know that “the world” doesnt have temperature gauges like you think. The oceans certainly dont …guess what they make guesses. The oceans and polar regions are 2/3 of the planet surface
        Darwin is a place where the previous numbers have been homogenized to fit the ‘trend’
        “For example, on 1st January 1910 the maximum temperature recorded at the Darwin post office was 34.2 degrees Celsius.

        A few years ago, the Bureau changed this to 33.8 degrees Celsius, cooling the recorded temperature by 0.4 degrees. In its most recent re-revision of Darwin’s climate history the temperature on this day has been further reduced, and is now just 32.8.”

        and the reasons?
        ““In other words, the adjustments estimate what historical temperatures would look like if they were recorded with today’s equipment at the current site.”
        Current site is at Darwin airport- acres of concrete , another issue

        But they keep making adjustments to the historical record, ( see above for the 2 changes at Darwin)
        The real reason is of course to match the ‘trend’ and the trend is changing every few years and by decreasing historical records constantly they are making the current decades ‘the hottest’

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  9th January 2020

        The Waikato was sweltering in November and December. it’s a bit cooler now; I would usually have a fan or two going, but haven’t so far today.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th January 2020

    An insightful and dispassionate commentary on bushfires:

    The satellite record from 1970 shows 2019 global temperature average as the third highest after 2016 and 1998.

  4. Zedd

     /  9th January 2020

    maybe PG could ‘tweet’ this to the ‘C-C denier-in-Chief’ (MrT) ?! :/

  5. Pink David

     /  9th January 2020

    Just for the record, I believe taking out Soleimani is an absolute masterstroke. It has opened up a real chance for a brighter future in the Middle East.

    • Pink David

       /  9th January 2020

      Sigh,wrong thread…

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  9th January 2020

        Yes, but I agree. Trump has shaken up the deadlock and taken Iran by the scruff of the neck without putting any troops in harms way, in fact by removing major threats to them.

        • Duker

           /  9th January 2020

          yesterday you egging Trump on to ‘hit hard’ on his list .
          Now hes somersaulted and wanted to begin negotiations , you love that too.
          Gee …is there no moronic action by Trump you dont support even when one contradicts the other. A full on Trumpanzee

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  9th January 2020

            Point to a comment yesterday that supports your allegation.

  6. David

     /  9th January 2020

    We seem to get milder winters in Christchurch but Summers have been a succession of rubbish for a few years.
    Sorry I dont buy the warmest ever, been lied to too many times by the warmists and they have been caught too often playing fast and loose with the records. NZs records have been adjusted by that old loon and he wont tell anyone what formula he used, silly old git turned me into a sceptic…Salzenger or something like it.

    • Blazer

       /  9th January 2020

      very cynical David…have you thought about a bullet proof Raj Rover…all the rage..these days..apparently.

      • David

         /  9th January 2020

        The only thing to worry about appears to be anxiety afflicted school girls panicked half stupid by a severely autistic Swedish child.

  7. PDB

     /  10th January 2020

    UK: “The Met Office said on Friday that the 10 years from 2010 to 2019 had been the second warmest and second wettest decade in the country over the past 100 years, slightly behind 2000 to 2009”

    So the UK actually got cooler and less wet between 2010-2019.

    Also since 1998 New Zealand temperatures have been flat at best, actually declining with only the last three years bucking that trend.

    • PDB

       /  10th January 2020

      Just checked – steady decline in NZ temperature between 1998-2015, last 4 years of warm temperatures has seen a slight rise between 1998-2019.

      • Newsroom: 2019 NZ’s fourth warmest year

        NIWA’s annual climate summary shows it’s now been 35 months since New Zealand had a month with below average temperatures.

        Five of the past seven years have been among New Zealand’s hottest on record.

        Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology also released annual figures for Australia today. Its data shows 2019 was Australia’s hottest and driest year.

        The hottest year on record for New Zealand was 2016 with a nationwide average temperature of 13.45°C. The years 1998 and 2018 are tied in second place with an average of 13.41°C.

        Victoria University of Wellington Professor James Renwick said the warm trend shows New Zealand is as affected by climate change as the rest of the world.

        “The year 2019 was our fourth warmest on record. In the past 20 years, only four had annual mean temperatures below the 1981-2010 average, so 80 percent of those years were warmer than average. In the first 20 years of the record (1909-1928), only four (20 percent) had annual mean temperatures above the 1981-2010 average. That’s how a warming climate works, we see ups and downs but the chances of a warm year are increasing all the time.

        “There were some cold spells in 2019, with a dozen daily low temperature records broken. But they were far outweighed by high temperatures, with over 100 new daily high temperature records broken.”



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