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Boiled bats and iced iguanas: How extreme weather affects wildlife

BOM annual climate statement shows 2017 was Australia’s third-warmest year on record

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has confirmed 2017 was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, with temperatures almost a degree above the 1961-1990 average.

 

Key Points

Third warmest year on record despite no El Nino

Seven of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2005

Rainfall 8 per cent above the 1961 to 1990 average, but dry over winter

 

With a rundown of the year’s temperatures, rainfall, climate drivers, major weather events and enough maps to make an atlas, the Annual Climate Statement is a late Christmas present for weather lovers.

In 2017 the main climate drivers, the Indian Ocean Dipole and the El Nino Southern Oscillation, were in neutral for much of the year.

But despite there being no El Nino, usually associated with warm temperatures, 2017 was still the third-warmest year on record, at 0.95 degrees above the 1961 to 1990 average…

 

 

Boiled bats and iced iguanas: How extreme weather affects wildlife

boiled bat

Heat waves in one part of the world, freezing blizzards in another — such weather extremes have a profound impact on wildlife as well. Here are some of the more surreal examples.  What sounds like a line from the Book of Revelation is in fact currently happening in Australia. It’s not a sign of the impending Apocalypse (hopefully) but of an extreme heat wave that has gripped the country. The bats in question – gray-headed flying foxes – can weigh as much one kilogram (2.2 lbs.) with a wingspan of up to one meter (3.3 feet).

They mainly eat nectar, pollen and fruit and are a common sight in southeastern Australia. But they don’t fare well when temperatures rise significantly above 30 degrees Celcius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Australia’s southeast has been experiencing a serious heat wave in recent…

 

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