Charles Sturt’s time: so hot that thermometers exploded. Was Australia’s hottest day in 1828? 53.9C! « JoNova

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EXTENSIVE FLOOD AT THE M'LEAY RIVER.

27 September 1843, Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), page 6

…by, but the few records we have from the early 1800’s are eye-popping.  Things were not just hotter, but so wildly hot it burst thermometers.  The earliest temperature records we have show that Australia was a land of shocking heatwaves and droughts, except for when it was bitterly cold or raging in flood. In other words, nothing has changed, except possibly things might not be quite so hot now. Silliggy (Lance Pidgeon) has been researching records from early explorers and from newspapers. What he has uncovered is fascinating. — Jo ——————————————————————————————————- Charles Sturt  (1930 postage stamp) Wikimedia Lance Pidgeon writes: “EXTENSIVE FLOOD ”, “ AWFUL BUSH FIRES ”, “ PROLONGED DROUGHT “ AND “ CHANGES OF CLIMATE “.…

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AWFUL BUSH FIRES IN THE GEELONG, MELBOURNE, AND PORTLAND DISTICTS.

25 February 1851, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), page 2

…“E XTENSIVE FLOOD ”, “ AWFUL BUSH FIRES ”, “ PROLONGED DROUGHT “ AND “ CHANGES OF CLIMATE “.…

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AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW SOUTH WALES. ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT. (Concluded.)

21 October 1830, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), page 4

…”, “ PROLONGED DROUGHT “…

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CHANGES OF CLIMATE.

30 July 1864, Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), page 3

…AND “ CHANGES OF CLIMATE “.…

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SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS IN AUSTRALIA, TASMANIA, AND NEW ZEALAND.

6 December 1859, Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), page 3

…These Australian headlines from the 1800′s above describe extremes the early colonists faced. At the time the European explorers who were instructed and equipped to map the country and record the climate were  frustrated by the only constant …change .…

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

30 December 1837, The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880), page 2

…The same accuracy may not be expected from an even earlier report of 135 F from South Australia in 1937 here , here and here . The writers at the time must have thought them believable.…

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

17 January 1838, The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 - 1838), page 2

…The same accuracy may not be expected from an even earlier report of 135 F from South Australia in 1937 here , here and here . The writers at the time must have thought them believable.…

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

23 January 1838, The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 - 1848), page 4

…The same accuracy may not be expected from an even earlier report of 135 F from South Australia in 1937 here , here and here . The writers at the time must have thought them believable.…

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EXCESSIVE HEAT. DEPORTS FROM SOUTHERN COLONIES. 125DEG, IN THE SHADE AT GERALTON, W.A.

8 January 1896, Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), page 3

…Perth 117 dgrees F or 47.2 Degree C in 1879. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/82146423?zoomLevel=6 Report this 0 0…

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A Settlement Without Water.

20 February 1889, Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), page 3

…Like John I can’t imagine what 50+ would be like either. I spent most of a 42 day up to my neck in the Lachlan in the 70′s. Even the BOM show the hottest in that area was 47.8 back in 1882(Forbes). Back when the weather was more extreme in Birdsville in 1889 they scored 126 F or 52.2 C. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/82213804?zoomLevel=6 This could have been the same day Cloncurry scored 53.1 C. Little wonder Sturt n Co dug an underground bunker to survive the worst of it back when the weather was even more extreme again.…

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A LONELY DEATH. ATTACKED BY DINGOES. HUMAN BONES FOUND.

11 October 1912, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), page 9

…Ooops the Warwick Examiner story says December so it was not the same day. It was not even the same summer! Here is another 126 from out there and if you ever wondered about dingos taking a baby notice what the police assumed then. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5342285?zoomLevel=6 Report this 0 0…