Australia’s Forecast - Beyond Droughts and Flooding Rains

CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have just released the ‘State of the Climate’ report. A key finding, as shown in the graph below from that report, is the rapidly increasing frequency of extreme temperatures (days where the average temperature is in the warmest 1% of records).

Another key finding is the rapidly increasing sea temperatures. Much of the additional heat from global warming is being stored in the sea, as shown in another graph (reproduced below) from the  ‘State of the Climate’ report

There has been a temporary hiatus in the increase in land surface temperatures because of a strengthening in Pacific trade winds over the past two decades which has in increased subsurface ocean heat uptake.  A scientific study, published in Nature Climate Change warns that: "rapid warming is expected to resume once the anomalous wind trends abate."

We need to consider these potential impact of climate change on our farms and our livelihoods.