2013-01-08. It's So Hot in Australia That They Added New Colors to the Weather Map

posted Jan 9, 2013, 5:12 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Jan 9, 2013, 5:43 PM ]
 | Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire. Relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 4. Excerpt: …See that deep purple in the middle of this acne-red weather report from Down Under? That right there represents 129.2° F or 54 °C — it's a brand-new shade that the Australian bureau of meteorology was forced to add to its heat index because their country is, you know, kind of on fire. "The scale has just been increased today …because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit, told The Sydney Morning Herald, which notes that the previous record high was 50.7°C (123°F), recorded in 1960 at Oodnadatta Airport in the southern part of Australia — right around where the new shades of hot are showing up today.  …it's just past midnight there right now ... and it's 95°F in Sydney. …giant fire risks that come with the heat …Australian officials are ...labeling the warning "catastrophic." …. Read the full article: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/01/its-so-hot-australia-they-added-new-colors-weather-map/60701/. See also animation in Dot Earth, The New York Times from Andrew Revkin: Australian Forecasters Add New Colors to Temperature Charts to Capture Record Heat .