I’m nearly a year late with this, but I’ve only just noticed.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s official temperature records, for all of the Northern Australian region- the half of the continent north of 26 degrees South- the minimum temperatures are steadfastly refusing to rise. From 1982 to 2012, the linear trendline for minima is on the decreasing side of dead flat.
This is longer than the 3o years regarded as the minimum period for analysing climate trends, and in spite of the massive increase in amount of CO2 emissions. Note that 1982 and 2011-2012 were almost equally cooler than normal.
Remember that one of the fingerprints of greenhouse warming is that minima should be increasing more than maxima.
Here is the 365 day running mean of daily minima anomalies of all Acorn sites in Northern Australia (more about this next year) up to early December this year:
Rather than a smoothly rising trend, the record is characterised by 10 to 15 year rapid rises and falls, responding to events in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
After New Year I will post about minima for other regions and Australia as a whole.
Merry Christmas to all.
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