This was Sydney before “Climate Change” hit — fifty degrees:
Penrith may have recorded 47.3C for at least one-second this week, but Windsor is only 23 km north of Penrith, and on January 13th, 1939, it recorded 122F or 50.5C with an old fashioned liquid thermometer, not a modern noisy electronic one. Apparently, climate change makes our extreme heat less extreme.
Furthermore, this was not measured on a beer crate in someones back patio, but on the historic Windsor Observatory which was built in 1863 by John Tebbutt F.R.A.S who had discovered The 1861 comet, and published many scientific reports in Astronomical Journals. His meteorological observations are published at Harvard in 1899 (among others). Tebbutt died in 1916, so it’s not clear what instrument the 122 F was recorded on in 1939, but a Stevenson Screen had been installed around 40 years earlier, and the measurement was made by Mr Keith Tebbutt, presumably his son.
See, Many Collapse in the Heat: Thursday Jan, 12, 1939, The Northern Star
All part of Greater Metropolitan Sydney
In 1939, I doubt either town was considered part of […]
January 9, 2018 at 12:32AM