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Annual Climate Statement: 2015 Was a Hot Year

By AusSMC

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Annual Climate Statement for 2015.

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The statement is at http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/2015/. Below, one of the statement's authors and some third-party experts comment on the report.

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"2015 has seen the globe record its warmest year since records began, and it’s been warm in Australia as well. Overall, it was Australia's fifth-warmest year on record.

The year was dominated by the influence of an El Niño event which typically leads to warm and dry conditions across Australia, particularly the eastern half of the country. The El Niño became established during May and strengthened to become the strongest event in the past two decades. The year ended on a very hot and dry note as the influence of El Niño took hold in September.

Rainfall across Australia was below average. While various parts of the country received some rainfall - most notably, New South Wales and inland Western Australia - fed by moisture of a record-warm Indian Ocean during winter, rainfall was well below average elsewhere in the country. Drought conditions persisted through inland Queensland, southwest Western Australia and the southeast, including Tasmania."

Dr Karl Braganza is Manager of Climate Monitoring at the National Climate Centre in the...

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