Temperature Readings Plunge after Australia’s Bureau of Meterology Orders End to “Tampering”

by Steve MacDonald

Scientist Jennifer Marohasy and amateur meteorologist Lance Pidgeon at the Goulburn airport weather station that recorded minus 10.4C on July 2. Picture: Jane Dempster

Scientist Jennifer Marohasy and amateur meteorologist Lance Pidgeon at the Goulburn airport weather station that recorded minus 10.4C on July 2. Picture: Jane Dempster

It’s not just happening in Australia.

Recorded temperatures at the Bureau­ of Meteorology’s Thredbo Top automatic weather station have dropped below -10C in the past week, after action was taken to make the facility “fit for ­purpose”.
A record of the Thredbo Top station for 3am on Wednesday shows a temperature reading of -10.6C. This compares with the BoM’s monthly highlights for June and July, both showing a low of -9.6C.

The BoM said it had taken immed­iate action to replace the Thredbo station after concerns were raised that very low temperatures were not making it onto the official record. Controversy has dogged the bureau’s automatic weather station network since Goulburn man Lance Pigeon saw a -10.4C reading on the BoM’s website on July 2 automatically adjust to -10C, then disappear.

Later independent monitoring of the Thredbo Top station by scientist Jennifer Marohasy showed a recording of -10.6C vanish from the record.

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  • Bruce Currie

    This apparent “gotcha” is less than meets the eye, but gives deniers like Marohasy something to cling to, unfortunately. The temperature trend in Australia, as nearly everywhere, is up, and has been trending upward for decades. The real issue for deniers is the threat that global warming represents for Neo-liberal capitalism’s equation of growth with progress. We have reached the limits of the amount of fossil fuels we can safely extract from the planet without the risk of serious harm. Vested interests will fight tooth and nail to maintain this notion, and their profits. The bottom line is climate change/global warming is the ultimate market failure. Hilarity will not ensue.
    https://www.climatechangeinaustralia.gov.au/en/climate-campus/australian-climate-change/australian-trends/

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