Saturday, February 07, 2009

Hottest day ever in Melbourne!

It’s Saturday 7th February 2009, and the temperature reached 46.4 Celsius, the hottest day on record for Melbourne (and the entire state of Victoria).

Gale force northwesterly winds became scorchingly hot as they baked while moving across the oven that is the heartland of Australia. … Bushfires all over the state, loss of property, all as expected.

Here’s the thermometer I carried back from one of my work trips to the IBM Development Lab in Rochester Minnesota, where it now sits on the fence in our back yard.

For Yankee people not used to thinking in Celsius mode, here’s a mid-afternoon shot:

That’s around 113 degrees Fahrenheit. A tad on the warm side, eh?

I’ve experienced a winter in Minnesota, so I know what it’s like when the needle points toward the 9 o’clock position, but here in suburban Melbourne the needle will barely get over to the left side of the scale.

I forgot to mention yesterday that while southeastern Australia (South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales) has been in severe drought and sweltering in oven-like conditions, the northern sub-tropical parts of the country have been awash under meters of floodwater in this year’s monsoon.cyclone season.


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