Temperatures Off Charts, Australia Turns Deep Purple

Australia’s national weather bureau is adding new colors to weather graphs to for forecasting rising temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit. “The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colours – deep purple and pink,” reports Peter Hannam for the Sydney Morning Herald. Breaking temperature records and battling wildfires, the country is taking notice of weather reports. There is debate about whether the country is actually reaching the new limits. A climate-modeling official suggests that the colors are needed for models, but actual temperatures may not reach the new heights. Another researcher suggests that the air mass continues to heat and has not peaked, while large sections of central Australia have limited monitoring. – YaleGlobal

Temperatures Off Charts, Australia Turns Deep Purple

Australia's heat dome is so intense that the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology's has added new colors to charts for extreme high temperatures
Peter Hannam
Monday, January 14, 2013

 Click here for the article in the Sydney Morning Herald.

 Peter Hannam is carbon economy editor. 

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