Those of us who believe in science were very grateful that President Obama emphasized climate change in his inaugural address yesterday. And it’s a good thing, as evidence continues to come in that it is getting warmer faster than expected.
Between Jan. 3 and Jan. 6, an amazing 18 different weather stations recorded all-time temperature highs, according to a special climate statement from the country’s Bureau of Meteorology. Those included a mark of 118 degrees in Eucla, Western Australia, and an unheard-of 107 in Hobart, Tasmania, which bills itself as the gateway to Antarctica.
But the bureau’s forecasters believe the worst is yet to come – which is why they have added a new color to their official weather maps, for temperatures up to 54 degrees Celsius (129 Farenheit). In other words, they believe the country’s all-time high temperature of 123 degrees set in 1960 is about to go down and hard.
Adding a new color to the weather map! You don’t have to understand the science to understand that means it is getting hotter quickly.