climate change Creation/evolution History

Highest official recorded temperature in Australia

Over the summer of 2019/20 we have been repeatedly told that the heatwave has been “unprecedented”. But is that actually true?

Note the locations and years these temperatures were recorded.

This is a map, not created by me, which shows some of the past daily maximum temperatures in Australia. I personally in the summer of 1976/77 experienced 55 degrees C in near Eucla in central southern Australia. But these temperatures highlight the false claims of the global warming alarmists that continually repeat their claim that the earth is warming at an unprecedented rate and that it is caused by human activities, mostly burning fossil fuels.

See the temperature recorded at Bourke NSW in 1909? 51.7 C was the officially recorded temperature. But the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has wiped it off the records. In fact, they wiped off all records before 1910. So when they say “since records began” they mean since 1910.

The BOM, in an effort to unify their data, have “cooled” the past. Because the electronic thermometers (PRTs) replaced the old Mercury thermometers in the official temperature recording sites sometime after 1990 the BOM adjusted downward the official temperatures of all measurements before that year by 0.4 degrees C claiming inaccuracy of the Mercury thermometers. They also reduced the recordings by another 1 degree and eliminated many recordings claiming inaccuracies due to not using a Stevenson screen or being located too close to buildings etc (heat island effect). This means they “cooled” all temperatures that they did retain by 1.4 C. So by “cooling the past” it looks like we have experienced a temperature rise in the past 30 years.

But the Bourke recording has a strange story to it as well. Even if it was not before their cut-off year it still would have been discounted.

The temperatures were often recorded at Post Offices. People might remember that. Well at Bourke in 1909 the guys who was responsible would write in his own handwriting in a notebook the temperature he would record each day. The notebooks are stored in the National Archive and remain today.

During the week in question the temperature was rising during the week and he recorded each temperature on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday but normally not Sunday because it was a holiday. But on this occasion he came in and recorded the Fahrenheit equivalent 51.7 C and underlined it. He was not going to miss this and he knew it was probably a national record.

But the BOM would not accept that recording because he was not officially working, hence it is not an official temperature.

Data have been manipulated. The data do not show a systematic unprecedented rise in land temperatures in Australia when you compare far enough back into the 19th century.

Since one cannot measure anything in the past we have to rely on the trustworthiness of the written record. If fallen man cannot even get it right for the past hundred years of Australia’s maximum daily temperatures how do you think he can get it right when he says the earth is 4.6 billion years old? The only written record we can rely upon is the record of the scripture and that clearly states that the earth is only about 6,000 years old and man was created in the image of God.

Darwinian evolution is the myth in this story. Creation and the Curse, bringing death to the world, is the true history. Man inherited Adam’s sinful nature (original sin) and thus he needs a Saviour, a God-man who came to take the Father’s punishment for him.

By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.