I’ve been banging on about DTR in Australia for a while, showing that as an indicator of greenhouse warming, decreasing DTR trend has been lacking from Australian records for some time, such that the trend is flat since 1947.
DTR is Diurnal Temperature Range, the difference between Minimum and Maximum temperature daily. Several previous posts discuss this. Greenhouse gases slow back radiation, and thus night time temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal, and minima are expected to increase faster than maxima, so DTR should decrease.
I’ll now show what is happening on a regional basis. This map shows the main meteorological regions of Australia.
The main difference is between Northern Australia and Southern Australia.
43 years of flat trend in DTR!
73 years. But the real eye opener is South Eastern Australia:
That’s right, in South-East Australia, the DTR trend has been flat for 80 years!
Decreasing DTR as a “fingerprint” of greenhouse warming was championed by the 2004 paper by Dr Karl Braganza et.al,
“Diurnal temperature range as an index of global climate change during the twentieth century” Karl Braganza, School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia; David J. Karoly, School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA; J. M. Arblaster, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA
Braganza et. al. analysed global DTR from 1951 to 2000, finding a significant decline of ~0.4 degrees C. If we compare Australian data for the same period we find this is corroborated.
The observed decrease over this period is ~0.35 – 0.4 C.
With the benefit of an extra 13 years of data, we can check whether this continues to be the case.
What a difference a few years make.