Two of my five northern hemisphere weather stations (Mumbai and Washington DC) showed a warming trend this Spring but only one southern station (Sydney) cooled as Autumn progressed.
The northern spring began with a burst of warmth, whilst the southern autumn experienced a cold start. Roles reversed in May with the north decidedly chilly and the south unseasonably warm. The effect on the meteorological year’s second quarter Chart is clear to see.
At the end of the second quarter, the Ten Stations averaged 1.24℃ above Pre-Industrial. As my interpretation of Pre-Industrial is 0.85℃ above the Ten Year average for the stations (2008/9 to 2017/18), Spring/Autumn this year was 0.39℃ warmer than the previous decade average. Note, the north broke through the Paris Accord limit on seven days and the south will reach 1.5℃ soon unless there’s a change in the weather.
With the 10 Stations combined showing a warming trend, it seems fair to suggest the Grand Solar Minimum hasn’t kicked in yet.
In India, daily maximum temperatures have risen above 50℃ in places recently. Arctic sea ice is melting early but heavy May snowfalls in the north have mocked “global warmists”. So much rain has fallen in the United States that millions of acres will not be planted at all this year. Expect news of food shortages and food price rises.
The koala bear is now “functionally extinct”. The critters have been around for 200 million years. Wise apes have taken just a few hundred years to ensure their demise, sometime soon.
What Desmond Morris used to call “Manwatching” (now, I suppose, “Person watching”) continues to be an entertaining pastime. Lucy Brown is an accomplished observer and recorder of persons. Her vision of the recent Trump Protest in London indicates that humans may swiftly follow koalas into oblivion.
Our last autumn in this place before we ran away from Cold Comfort Cottage. The first week of November in the Dale was usually the most colourful. I do miss the woods of the Ironbridge Gorge – and my faithful companion. His squirrel hunting days ended almost five years ago.