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#104435 - 16/01/2004 21:51 Cloncurry "record" in the news again
Laurier Williams Offline
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From today's Melbourne Herald-Sun, and copied by other papers:

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CLONCURRY has been stripped of its claim to the nation's highest temperature days before it was to celebrate the day's 115th anniversary.

The 53.1C on January 16, 1889, had brought notoriety to the outback town.

The weather bureau's acting Queensland regional director, Geoff Crane, said the high was struck off the books because of the way it was recorded.

A committee was examining all Australian extreme temperatures and a new national maximum would be announced in a few months.
Who is the committee? Is Oodnadatta about to be toppled from its pedestal?
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#104436 - 17/01/2004 23:08 Re: Cloncurry "record" in the news again
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And from today's Adelaide Advertiser:

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It's now the hottest place to be
By Rural Editor NIGEL AUSTIN
17jan04

THE tiny Outback town of Oodnadatta is celebrating its new status as Australia's hottest place.

Oodnadatta has been left with the dubious honour after Cloncurry in Queensland was sensationally stripped of its long-held title this week. It follows a Bureau of Meteorology investigation into the authenticity of Cloncurry's record 53.1C on January 16, 1889.

Oodnadatta, which recorded 50.7C on January 2, 1960, is heir to the title of Australia's highest temperature.

"It's long overdue because there's been discussion about the merits of Cloncurry's recording for a long time," bureau climate consultant Richard Szkup said.

While Cloncurry residents are reluctant to accept the decision, the bureau's meteorologist Blair Trewin said the temperature had been recorded in a beer or wine crate rather than the standardised Stevenson screen. Mr Trewin said the crate had also been located on the sunny side of a building, lifting the temperature by four or five degrees.

Oodnadatta also recorded the state's second hottest temperature of 50.3C on January 3, 1960.

Its nearest rival is Marree with a temperature of 49.4C on January 2, 1960, when Whyalla recorded the same temperature, the state's third hottest temperature.

Mr Szkup said January is the hottest month in Oodnadatta with an average temperature of 37.6C, but Marree was even hotter with a January average of 37.7C.

Marree had five consecutive days of 46C and above from December 31 to January 4 this year with three days either side of 44C.

Adam Plate, owner of Oodnadatta's Pink Roadhouse, said the title may give the town another opportunity to promote itself to travellers and governments.

"It may help our push for designated traveller stops with shade facilities along the Oodnadatta Track," he said.

"We find people are travelling right through the middle of very hot summers whereas they didn't do that 10 years ago."

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#104437 - 17/01/2004 23:53 Re: Cloncurry "record" in the news again
Andrew Miskelly Offline
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laugh Good value.

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#104438 - 18/01/2004 22:04 Re: Cloncurry "record" in the news again
tony m Offline
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As far as I do know; some "Official Volunteer Weather Observers" many years ago also used to keep full sun temperature records too(not shaded); together with non stevenson screens or in the wrong geographical aspect; ie to close to a building,(magnified heat) or near a tree hedge or a fence.(non true air flow)

I am not disputing their claim(53.1 C on the 16/01/1889) and the record temp.in Cloncurry one way or the other; but i bet you would not really see a Weather Bureau Official from Brisbane (Meteorology of Australasia;Chief Weather Bureau QUEENSLAND) in 1889 checking their instruments or their authenticity 115 years ago. They would just take their word via the post telegraph department.

I think though there might have been a more than few errors Australia wide in the "Official Recordings" years ago with a stroke of an ink pen unintentionally or deliberate together with the old Fahrenheit and not Celsius readings.


Thank You for the "Up to date Info" :wave:

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#104439 - 18/01/2004 22:53 Re: Cloncurry "record" in the news again
Bryan Offline
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what is the highest world temp.???
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#104440 - 19/01/2004 08:58 Re: Cloncurry "record" in the news again
Cloudmaster_dup1 Offline
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Bryan, here I have 58C at Al'Aziziyah, Libya.

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#104441 - 22/01/2004 12:07 Re: Cloncurry "record" in the news again
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And in todays paper(Wagga)

Locals fuming over hot beer record
A decision to cancel Australia`s official hottest temperature reading because it was recorded in a beer crate has residents of a north-west Queensland town fuming.
In Cloncurry on January 16, 1889, the temperature was recorded at 53.1 degrees celsius in a beer crate, weeks before the arrival of an official measurer - a white box with luvres.

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