Let’s talk about the weather

If there’s nothing else to talk about as we return from the summer holidays, there’s always the weather.

The Science Media Centre a href=”http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2015/01/12/2014-worlds-hottest-year-nz-near-average/”>has published a round-up of experts responding to news that 2014 was a near average year for New Zealand weather-wise, although analysis of worldwide data has highlighted increasing global temperatures.

According to the 2014 annual climate summary from NIWA, the nation-wide average temperature for 2014 was 12.8°C (0.2°C above the 1981–2010 annual average), making it the 23rd-warmest year since records began.

The summary draws on data from NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which begins in 1909.

Notably, New Zealand observed its warmest June on record. More national and regional annual climate data covering temperatures, rainfall, wind and significant weather events can be found in the full summary, available here.

The warming trend was noted globally with 2014 officially declared the hottest year on record since global average surface temperatures started being measured in 1891, by the Japan Meteorological Association.

Further global data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expected to confirm the findings this month.

Last week the Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that 2014 was Australia’s third warmest year on record. According to the Bureau, seven of Australia’s ten warmest years on record have occurred in the 13 years since 2002.

The Science Media Centre post includes commentary collected by the AusSMC and from elsewhere.

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