Weather and climate

Wilf Sprengel, Ocean Shores

It is very sad that schools do not teach the fact that climate change has proven to be cyclic. Why are these accurate record breaking climate extremes, such as in 1828 when a blistering 53.9ᶜ was recorded in the west of NSW, completely ignored?

In January 1896 another ‘furnace like’ blast stretched across Australia from east to west and lasted for weeks. The death toll reached 437 people in the eastern states. Newspaper reports show that in Bourke the heat for three consecutive days approached 120ᶠ (48.9ᶜ) and that also for 24 days straight was above 102ᶠ. By Tuesday January 14, people were reported falling dead in the streets.

Also recorded in the early 1900s there was a similar climate pattern change. So it can definitely be seen that climate is cyclic.

Sadly now, students who have been brain washed by ignorant teachers, think that high temperatures have only been brought on by a coal powered industrial evolution.

These frenzied teachers who preach fire and brimstone and then lead their pupils out on the streets, especially during school hours, should be sacked.

It now does not surprise that the NAPLAN results are absolutely deplorable when teaching time is wasted on fiction and not fact.

Ed note: Weather – is the day-to-day changes in the atmosphere and includes extreme, unusual weather events.

Climate – is the weather over a long period of time eg 30 or 200 years. Outlying weather events are just that – weather events.

Climate change is the overall change in weather patterns over time. It is looking at these weather patterns which makes it clear that the atmosphere ‘on average’ and ‘over time’ is changing.

The fact that there were two weather events in 1828 and 1896 does not mean that climate change is not happening. It is the increase in average temperature in Australia (and around the world) especially since 1950 which tells us that climate change is taking place. See more p.17.

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