Global Warming? Kangaroos Dying of Cold and Hunger in Australia’s Capital

Canberra Australia

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t IceAgeNow & Climate Depot – Australia’s capital city Canberra is being flooded by kangaroos desperately flocking to the irrigated nature reserves and Canberra’s urban heat island to avoid starvation and freezing temperatures.

Mobs of kangaroos take to streets of Australia’s capital over food shortages

By Samantha Beech, Mitchell McCluskey and Susannah Cullinane, CNN
Updated 0805 GMT (1605 HKT) July 30, 2018

(CNN)Mobs of kangaroos have been raiding patches of grass in the Australian capital Canberra, driven to the city’s sports fields, back yards and roadsides by food scarcity.

Canberra has more than 30 nature reserves, with most hosting hundreds of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, and it is not unusual to see them in the reserves or in roads or yards nearby, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Parks and Conservation Service Director Daniel Iglesias told CNN.

But he said this winter the animals were far more visible.

“Canberra is experiencing a perfect storm of hardship for its kangaroos. New records have been set in Canberra for very cold, frosty nights this winter. This, coupled with very dry conditions with very little rain at all in June and July, means there is very little food for kangaroos, ” Iglesias said, via email.

“Sports ovals, suburban yards, schoolyards and roadsides are the few places offering any green grass at all in Canberra at the moment and they act as magnets for kangaroos,” he said.

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Canberra, which is part of the Australian Capital Territory, our version of District of Columbia, is a hotspot of Australian CAGW enthusiasts. The green obsessed ACT government funded the original production of the play Kill Climate Deniers.

No doubt the locals will blame global warming for the distress of ACT’s kangaroo population.

181 thoughts on “Global Warming? Kangaroos Dying of Cold and Hunger in Australia’s Capital

  1. For some strange reason, liberals seem to think that things are supposed to stay the same…..including climate…….one time you get more kangaroos….the next time you get less
    The high number is not normal either…

    • ““Sports ovals, suburban yards, schoolyards and roadsides are the few places offering any green grass at all in Canberra”

      ..and what they are not saying
      If it wasn’t for people and the development liberals hate……the roos would all be dead

  2. The cold in Canberra and the whole of SE Australia has been so bad this winter that volunteers are busy knitting emergency woolen jumpers for use by Australia’s 30,000,000 kangaroos, many of whom live in the SE of Australia.

  3. Where in the heck is all this UNHINGED LEFT going? Will it ever settle down? All the climate nuts and YT videos of marxist professors and antifa and this and that, well the up side is great entertainment, i laugh at them every day!

  4. Just like deer react to tough times or places here in the US. Anyone driven US 277 in Texas up from Eagle Pass to Del Rio and then from there US 90 on up to the junction with I-10 at Van Horn? A fair amount of that route follows along the Mexican border. We’re talking passing through what was once Judge Roy Bean territory. More than once taking that route at night this truck driver has 100 to 200 white tails grazing the grass right next to highways in the arid land along that route. Best grazing around I guess and a big rig flying past at 55 mph doesn’t phase them a bit.

    • The grass by the highway is greener. That’s where water goes, even when it’s a little bit. You do have to be somewhat careful of deer on I 287 in NJ, lots of roadkill. Nobody is doing 55… unless it’s rush hour, then it’s a slow moving parking lot.

      • rishrac
        The grass is greener by the highway. That’s where water goes,

        yes, rishrac.

        rainwater draining from the road promotes green.

        And the abrasion from the road contains salts, minerals and trace elements.

        Also cattle often graze close to the highways.

        Salts, minerals and trace elements is the most missing in vegetarian nutrition.

        Just as we season salad with salt and pepper, grass-eaters seek the edge of the road with seasoned food.

      • The warmth from the asphalt also promotes growth earlier in the spring and later into the fall.

    • Roos respond faster than deer. They have unique reproductive mechanisms that allow the delaying of maturity of a second joey that feeds from a specialised teat. When good conditions return, the next joey is only weeks away from being ready to move into the pouch. Roo populations rebound faster than most species.

    • Kangaroos are a major hazard to motorists when there is a shortage of feed. This current drought in Australia is one of the worst in living memory. Roads are littered with dead roos, smash repairers and tow truck drivers are doing well tho
      Kangaroos are amazing survivors, but no road sense…

      • Dan, I don’t know which country you live in, but we had a much worse drought for much longer in the 1990s and into the 2000s. I went through that with my four thousand sheep, often feeding them (oats, hay, lupins, even wheat – have to be careful with change of diet for them). One time when discussing the drought with a local copping farmer, he likened it to the Federation drought of the late 1890s, which I think was shockingly worse.

        Sure, it’s dry now, but not the worst in living memory. Western Australia has been doing it tough for a few seasons, and over here in the south-east, it’s dry again. It was pretty dry in the late 1970s-early 80s, then it rained again. The first part of the 1970s was much wetter.

        One has but to look at some of Australia’s literature of the 1800s and the first half of he 1900s, to realise how droughts and floods come and go. As do social fads and fears. During the last drought, I remember standing in the heat of the morning (perhaps in the early 2000s), wondering about global warming and what it would be like for the kids and grandchildren. It was not till I started reading some IPCC reports in 2010, that I woke up to what I now think is one unholy scam. At the very least, it started as a social fear. It is just too easy to forget what we have experienced, to ignore history (human and physical), to think that what we are now dealing with is a new paradigm.

        Speaking of unholiness, “the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), believed in the sun-centred Copernican system, and for these heretical beliefs he was burned at the stake'” (“The Little Book of Scientific Principles, Theories and Things” 2005, Surendra Verma p.20). So I suppose some things have improved since then.

    • I used to travel a section of the Golden Highway in the Hunter Valley, Australia. In summer there would be a dead (and rapidly expanding in the 40 degree C + temps) kangaroo carcass every 20m or so on one very dicey 15km section just south of Singleton.

      It was very trying while on a motorcycle trying to hold your breath through the worst bits. Always breathed through your mouth and even then on a bad day you could taste the stench.

      And from the size of some of the dead ones, I would have hated to run into the ones pushing them out onto the road! I never hit one but had a couple of close calls at 100kmph – you rode at them, most of the time they moved and the ones which didn’t didn’t take much getting around.

      However I ALWAYS slowed down to walking speed to go past the Wedge Tailed Eagles feasting on the dead roos in the afternoons.

      • “However I ALWAYS slowed down to walking speed to go past the Wedge Tailed Eagles feasting on the dead roos in the afternoons.”

        Do they take out motorcycles as well as drones?

        I like those birds!

        • Wedgetails stuff themselves silly with the road kill until they are borderline food coma. The moment they finally decide that, maybe they should get out the way of the oncoming vehicle is also very close to the moment they realise they have eaten so much they can no longer take off as fast as they usually do.

          What then normally happens is they end up going through your windscreen.

          Treat with respect.

        • Having a large bird trying to take off as you ride past is not my idea of fun.

          Usually one of them would not take off at all and just stare at you as you went past.

          They are fabulous, on the afternoons when they are soaring I didn’t need much of an excuse to stop and watch them for a while.

  5. Rather off topic, though it does concern an alternative form of insanity in Australia.

    Here is Lauren Southern accessing parts of Sydney under the suzerainty of the Middle East; conquered territory, as it were.

    Whatever happened to the hard-minded people who used to inhabit that land?

    • Lakemba is under the suzerainty of local gangs. It’s the same with every ethnic ghetto created by our government.
      Look at Victoria St Richmond on Google Maps street view.

    • Australian shame, as in the UK with the case of Tommy Robinson. LS talks so much sense, and uses logic, yet the police warn HER about breaching the peace instead of the Islamists who would create the trouble. She is talking today in Auckland, New Zealand, and I would like to go to hear her but the venue has not been announced because our PC mayor has banned her from publicly-owned venues and the lefties are intent on causing trouble. What a disgraceful situation is arising worldwide – has nobody the courage to face the real troublemakers?

  6. Why don’t the Roos hop north where it is warmer. Canadians and Minnesotans figured it out in North America. So did the Canada goose.
    A poem:
    If you want peace
    Recall your geese

    • Folk-song-styled-verse

      Li Qi


      Through the bright day up the mountain, we scan the sky for a war-torch;
      At yellow dusk we water our horses in the boundaryriver;
      And when the throb of watch-drums hangs in the sandy wind,
      We hear the guitar of the Chinese Princess telling her endless woe….

      Three thousand miles without a town, nothing but camps,
      Till the heavy sky joins the wide desert in snow.
      With their plaintive calls, barbarian wildgeese fly from night to night,
      And children of the Tartars have many tears to shed;
      But we hear that the Jade Pass is still under siege,
      And soon we stake our lives upon our light warchariots.

      Each year we bury in the desert bones unnumbered,
      Yet we only watch for grape-vines coming into China.

  7. Interesting report Eric. Here in Mendoza Province, Argentina, June and July were 2.2 deg C below the average, and that included three weeks below freezing. Snowpack is about 30% of normal for the date. I’m hoping it warms up because I’m a golfer and my balls don’t like the cold.

    • Tried some cold weather golfing in Scotland at Pitlochry, the view was beautiful but it was a chilly experience – couldn’t wear as heavy a jacket as I would have liked.

  8. If kangaroos are like deer, rabbits, predators, or trees they need a little thinning from time to time or nature will do it.

    Eat more kangaroos!

    • In that sense kangaroos are exactly like deer, rabbits, etc. There is an annual kangaroo cull in the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra’s home). This year the target was 3253, a thousand more than last year (haven’t seen the final cull number). And this is done under the auspices of a very green ALP Government!

      • I was kinda crackin’ a joke. I didn’t know there were that many. I guess one more little hopper every year would expand pretty fast over a ten year period. But they are cute.

        • As a Canberra resident, kangaroos stop being cute when they jump in front of your car. Another thing that is happening right now is the huge numbers being culled by car. Our local Animal liberationists try to stop the cull each year because ” its cruel and the “roos are endangered” . Not noticeably they are not endangered! Sooner or later we will have another road death because a big ‘roo jumps in front of a car . I drove home this morning from a meeting and counted 10 dead ‘roos in about 500 meters of road because so many are moving because the pasture has been eaten out. But don’t worry they will recover. Kangaroos are exquisitely designed for our boom and bust seasons. They can produce three young in a year, being pregnant, having an embryo in the pouch and a joey at foot.

        • A female kangaroo is an unrivalled breeding machine. They can have several offspring at different stages of development, all at the same time, from a fertilised egg waiting to go, a tiny baby on the teat, one in the pouch and another at foot… Amazing animals

        • cute at a distance. unless handraised theyre NOT cute or cuddly
          sorta like the poor svaalbard bear , thinking food landed this week n got shot
          not cuddly enough

        • Back when in these California parts, there was this bumper sticker that read “Eat Mo Possum”. Never really sorted out the entendres, but there was a roughly contemporary country song referring to a Possum in a sack, inferring that on the other side of the continent folks ate these creatures.

          Engineers tell us that oscillations are caused by delayed negative feedback. This may apply to both the cold and the Kangaroos. How this applies to the wave function and wave particle duality remains unclear.

      • Yes actually. As Eric says, prepare carefully and don’t cook it to death. Bit bland without a marinade and a slight cows liver taste for me, but good for people with high cholesterol. I have yet to try emu and crock.

        • Roo is best as steaks, marinated stuff in supermarkets has too much red dye I think. Croc is like chicken, rather bland, emu depends on if you go for the dark or the white meat, white rather tasteless. Camel also rather bland and like chicken. Red belly black snake, again like chicken but too many ribs!
          Used to be able to buy frozen croc and buffalo in Darwin. Supposedly they shot out the buffalo – all imported and damaging the rivers and waterholes.

        • I have eaten both emu and gator. For a few years I kept a small group of emus in hopes of them reproducing. The meat, and there is not much, has a distinct lizardy flavor and we enjoyed it most as emu jerky. Gator is very good if properly prepared, it is white meat, slightly fishy, and usually ground and made into chili or cut into small chunks, battered and fried then served with a vinegary/garlic sauce.

          • Stewed in a crock pot was lizardy, even the cats did not enjoy it. The jerky was delicious, however, prepared in a garlicky-sweet marinade with oregano. But almost any meat made into jerky with a good marinade will be yummy.

      • very good, pretty much only leg n backstrips though
        tender and good on barbie or casseroled;-)

    • Back in the 60s they used to import Kangaroo Tail Soup which was an integral part of the Bubble and Squeak (rumble and fart) my mom used to make when we lived in Simi Valley Ca.

    • It’s good meat, very lean – no intramuscular fat. Roo tail stew is an absolute delicacy, truly beautiful food

  9. “Hopping mad mobs of kangaroos are taking to streets of Australia’s capital over food shortages.” says Joey Inthepouch. “They’ve taken all they canberra.”
    Details to follow. Film at eleven…..

    • I’m just praying for an angry mob of Kangaroos to abduct our Prime minister and his left wing anti coal mates and do us a service, as his green lefty mates are hanging on to the final destruction of the once great LNP, seems inevitable now, no place for conservatives in the government he squanders. The lights are going out all over Australia, and pensioners are freezing like the poor soul who rang Alan Jones (2GB radio commentator) begging for Malcolm to go, and another “Leader” take his place and dump the Paris Agreement and please build coal or nuclear power stations ASAP. The Lifetime LNP voter cannot afford to eat and heat her house. Get rid of Turnbull! if you want support and donations to fight the wasteful Party at the next General Election .

      • Next sitting day in Canberra is 16th August.

        See what happens within the Liberals once everyone is in the same room again.

      • yeeah,,,but replace with labour who are in bed with greens as well as being even more inept at budgeting?
        systems rigged so we cant get nats and indys as power

      • Be thoughtful about both the benefits & perils of Coal.

        In Ontario ~2004, the Liberals closed Nanticoke (largest Coal-fired generator in North America), claiming that it would save C$3B per year in medicare costs. We have single-payer, province-paid, basic hospital & medical insurance, plus private-paid extra coverage if wished.

        My mum died of Alzheimers. Was that from mercury in the Coal smoke? I’ll never know, but asthma & other complaints Seem to be down. However, no journalist has ever researched whether that C$3B number was invented or true.

        They then brought in the Green Energy Act to replace Coal and to allow Nuclear to be retired as our 3 plants reached their Bad After dates.
        Instead, they’ve:
        – refurbished the Nuclear plants as their zirconium boiler tubes deformed after ~20 years (always way over budget)
        – hidden these refurbishing costs in the IESO Global Adjustment category for the Wind & Solar FIT contracts, so that we’ll never be able to tell the true cost of Nuclear OR Solar & Wind
        – gave FIT contracts to Liberal Party friends
        – didn’t require all new buildings to include or be designed for future Solar where possible
        – and fiddled helter-skelter with rules & contracts so many times that we now have the highest electricity rates in North America (the Green Party quotes research that 45% of the increased rates derive from refurbishing Nuclear). A few companies have already left Ontario claiming that high electricity rates were a major part of their departure.

        To be fair, the Liberals did a good job of:
        – bringing in Smart Meters to encourage demand in mid & off-peak hours
        – lowering FIT contract rates as Solar and Wind costs dropped
        – encouraging Conservation to dramatically reduce demand

  10. A lot of wildlife thrives in urban environments. link

    I live in a small city, my buddy lives in the woods. I’m pretty sure I hear more bird calls at my place than at his. My son lives in a similar sized city. There are coyote warnings on the path behind his house.

    Environmentalists seem to think anything human is bad. Nature seems to disagree.

    • Same thing in NJ. The deer have adapted extremely well. As well as a number of other animals… like the black bears in northern NJ. Zipping along I 70 you’d never know there were bears 50 feet from the road, deer and the occasionally, what is that?

      • “That” could well be a cougar! The are now east of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Bears are lumbering their way to Richmond. And Europeans wonder why Americans have guns…when a bear is destroying your bee hives or a coyote or cougar is pulling down a calf, you better have a gun!

    • There is a road in Kampala, Uganda which runs through a large forest, home to quite a few baboons. When one gets killed by a car, the rest will line the spot, jeer, throw rocks and jump on the cars. Not happy campers…

    • There’s one verse of that song that we used to sing along to as kids that nowadays would get you a hearing in front of the local magistrate.

    • Tan my hide when I’m dead, Fred
      Tan my hide when I’m dead.
      So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde,
      And that’s it hanging on the shed.

  11. I don’t suppose these ‘Roos might have escaped from ranches during power outages when the fence was off, would they?

    • Wild animals, mate. They jump fences designed to keep cattle and sheep in.
      Farmers can’t use them, they eat fodder needed for stock, so we’d rather they went into suburbia anyway.

      As it’s the urban greenies who protest frantically every time it is pointed out that there are too many roos and culling is required……. I can only laugh.

      • Sounds like the same problem we have here in the midwest US with too many whitetail deer.
        I wonder which makes better sausage…
        Do you have problems with them on the roads also?

        • A big Eastern Grey hopped into the side of my Landcruiser and took out every panel.
          I was only doing about 15 mph.
          Then he got up, shook his head, and hopped off as if nothing had happened.
          Bugger didn’t have the courtesy to exchange details or anything.

          • That reminds me of a lady friend who was driving home after having a few in the evening and suddenly her side window shattered with a bang. She thought that someone had fired a shot at her car and drove to an open fuel stop to call and report it. The attendant looked at her car and informed her that she had been hit by a buck that left marks and hide on the door while smashing the window with his antlers.
            Our experiences are somehow similar even though our critters are different.

          • Something similar happened to me in Virginia. I was driving north in the dark and the headlights picked up a small herd of whitetails on the left side of the road. I slowed to a crawl and one of them panicked and ran straight into the side of my SUV, bounced off, and ran away. Some of these critters are quite resilient.

          • hit one recently
            lucky i had a decent roo bar he managed to twist it even so and stuffed the front end lost 2 tyres due to whatever it whacked outta place

        • Friend of mine used to run a smash repair joint.
          He tells the story of TWO cars written off by ONE roo! This mongrel landed in the middle of the road and got hit by two cars, one traveling in each direction.
          One had the bottom half jammed under the bonnet, which destroyed the engine as well as the panel work. The other had the A pillar and windshield destroyed by the head, and the interior filled with fresh blood (both cars doing about 60-70MPH)

          Only real issue with roo meat is the smell when raw – puts a lot of people off. If you marinade it with garlic and herbs, most of it goes away. And it’s gone once cooked. Nice meat, sort of 90% beef, 10% venison – very lean though, and very tough if you cook it wrong (either have it rare, or cook it long and slow, to avoid the toughness).

      • and yet the limits to shoot the mongrels are so restrictive, yet we lost our roomeat sales to russia thanks to insane asskissing, following usa sanctions on russia. and our petfood industry could use every one properly
        then the hides should also be used
        damned good leather and rugs etc

        • Here in Queensland on the Gold Coast, a favourite souvenir for a Japanese tourist is a Kangaroo scrotum purse. You can get a years worth of small change in one from a big red.

        • Excellent leather, especially for motor bike riders – twice the strength at half the weight of cow leather. More flexible too. Pretty much all top-level pro riders use roo leather.

  12. Canberra is in a frost-basin anyway.

    It’s not abnormally cold, but it IS dry. We get very little growth at this time of year, anyway, but the failure of autumn rains means that there is little grass. It’s called “drought” and they have been a part of the Australian climate for as long as we have records. Longer according to the geologists.

  13. “Half-truth” Worrall strikes again. Let’s ignore the overpopulation and the lack of rainfall and blame it all on the fact that it got unusually cold this winter in a portion of Australia. Good grief.

    • I mentioned the importance of the “irrigated nature reserves” in my first paragraph, and provided the relevant quote slapstick.

  14. The cold has little to do with it. It’s mostly about the drought causing a lack of food.

    • I’m happy to accept Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Parks and Conservation Service Director Daniel Iglesias’ opinion that the cold is a significant contributing factor to the distress of the kangaroos.

      • It’s still mostly about food. They aren’t in town to get away from the cold.

        “Canberra is experiencing a perfect storm of hardship for its kangaroos. New records have been set in Canberra for very cold, frosty nights this winter. This, coupled with very dry conditions with very little rain at all in June and July, means there is very little food for kangaroos, ” Iglesias said, via email.
        “Sports ovals, suburban yards, schoolyards and roadsides are the few places offering any green grass at all in Canberra at the moment and they act as magnets for kangaroos,”

        Cold frosty nights coupled with dry conditions means little food. That’s why he makes the statement about cold frosty nights, and then says that this coupled with dry conditions means little food.

        It’s very rare to find a well fed kangaroo frozen to death. Starvation is the real killer. Well, apart from humans culling them to keep their numbers down.

        I’m honestly not sure what the point of this article is? To demonstrate that dry cold conditions can make life hard for Kangaroos? OK, I guess.

        • Stop it Philip, your spoiling the fake news: “Kangaroos Dying of Cold…” ROFL
          No shame Eric?

          • August minimum temperature
            Lowest this month -3.8°C 2nd
            Lowest on record -8.5°C 9th 1994
            Average this month 1.9°C +0.9°C
            Long-term average 1.0°C
            August maximum temperature
            Highest this month 15.4°C 1st
            Highest on record 24.0°C 30th 1982
            Average this month 14.7°C +1.6°C
            Long-term average 13.1°C
            August rainfall
            Wettest this month 0.0mm 1st
            Total this month 0.0mm 0 day(s)
            Long-term average 45.7mm 11.4 day(s)
            Wettest on record 156.2mm 1974
            Driest on record 2.0mm 1994
            Go to My Saved Local page

            Thu 15:47 EST
            Sheep Graziers Warning for NSW

            hmm would seem neither the cold or the dry are special??
            rains expected tomorrow

          • It really is fascinating how you only come here to complain about what we are talking about.

            Eric: You’ve hit the big time, you’ve got your own personal bridge dweller.

  15. Let’s not go there, we’re better than the usual NYT and Guardian BS journalism about how hot it is. Why do the same on the cold side?

  16. The Humans are also dying from the cold conditions because the price of government mandated “Green” Electricity is so high that people of modest means can no longer afford to run things like heaters during winter and air conditioners during summer…. Though probably not the denizens of Canberra, that particular bureaucratic stronghold is only populated by people who live entirely off the Tax pool. The political elite, the permanent bureaucracy and their minions suffer no hardships, they’re very particular about that.

  17. So if I”m understanding this right…

    We simply need to import more kangaroos to counter global warming?

  18. “flocking to the irrigated nature reserves and Canberra’s urban heat island to avoid starvation and freezing temperatures.”

    They are looking for food during a severe drought.
    Nothing to do with seeking an “urban heat island”

    “Cold nights but warm days …..
    In contrast, daytime temperatures were 1.5 °C above average, the warmest July days in Canberra since 2013
    Only one day failed to reach a top of 10.0 °C, compared to a July average of seven days”

    NSW (which surrounds Canberra) had the 2nd warmest July on record.

    “The average maximum temperature for New South Wales was 2.28 °C above average, making this the second-warmest July on record for daytime temperatures
    Above average temperatures were recorded across the entire month: statewide daytime temperatures were above average for all but four days in July
    The last weekend in July in particular saw record-breaking temperatures, with daytime temperature records reported at many long-term sites across New South Wales, from Goulburn and Griffith in the south to Walgett and Mungindi in the north”

    • I’m happy to accept Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Parks and Conservation Service Director Daniel Iglesias’ opinion that the cold nights are a significant contributing factor to the distress of the kangaroos.

    • Why are you linking to July 2017? As far as I was aware it is 2018 now and has been for a large number of months.

      • It is likely that Jeff is a “climate scientist” and it is their Al Gore given right to just make stuff up.

      • UAH doesn’t break Australia down into its constituent states, but according to Roy Spencer’s latest satellite temperature update, July 2018 was the warmest July on record across Australia (+1.37 C above the long term average). So it will be interesting to see the BOM data for July 2018.

      • Alex, Sorry my mistake.
        I googled it because I remember weather reports saying July was warm in NSW.
        This is July 2018

        Cold nights and warm days
        July 2018 saw above average daily maximum temperatures across the ACT
        Canberra Airport reported a mean maximum temperature of 13.3 °C during July 2018 which is the second warmest for July behind the 13.4 °C in 2013
        The warmest day was reported on the 5th where Tuggeranong reached 18.7 °C which was an equal highest July temperature on record for the site

        Sydney, NSW
        Warm days, cool nights
        Mean daily maximum temperatures were the warmest on record for July for most sites across Greater Sydney
        Mean daily maximum temperatures ranged from 1.4 °C above average at Lake Macquarie and Mount Boyce to 3.5 °C warmer than average at Observatory Hill

          • Patrick MJD

            “The BoM uses the temperature recorded at the airport to come up with an average for 1880.”

            Lots of weather stations currently sited at airports are extensions of records maintained previously in the local area. Aldergrove in N Ireland is one example I’m familiar with. It’s currently sited at the periphery of Belfast International Airport, well north of the airfield, but (somewhat fractured) local records extend back to the 1830s. Presumably these were originally used for agricultural purposes, etc.

          • I should have used a /sarc tag. Many weather sites are at airports today and record highs all the time. I was trying to make a joke of the fact that “climate science” likes to tell us they knew what the global average was back in 1880 when airports didn’t exist.

    • But, very few, if any, wind turbines will be found within the bounds of the ACT.

      NIMBY !!!

      They are all well outside the ACT, and linked in through the fossil fuel reliance electricity network.

      Its an “on paper” exercise at best.

  19. The long term average low temperature for Canberra in July is minus 0.1 centigrade. The July 2018 average low was minus 1.7 centigrade with the temperature on one night dropping to minus 7.4 centigrade.

  20. “What’s that Skip? You and Sonny went to Canberra? And Sonny got arrested for not having a more gender neutral name?”

    (your childhood television may vary)

    Some other fun facts about the Roo that most people fail to remember is they basically evolved over the years to be the ultimate drought proof animal. The female roo has the ability to put a pregnancy on hold if food and water reserves are not high enough. Once they get into a ‘boom’ period things then restart and out pops a baby roo that is about the size of the tip of your finger. Through insane instinct this baby crawls up and into the pouch where it then latches onto a spare nipple until it grows big enough to actually start looking like a proper roo.

    A mother roo can therefore have three joeys on the go at any one time which is natures way of ensuring that during the ‘boom’ periods there are enough roos being born to ensure not all of them die off during the next ‘bust’.

    And that was how roos lived for thousands of years prior to white settlement.

    What happened then is that settlers worked out that they could make dams on their properties and secure all year water supplies. The roos then went from a boom/bust, birth big/die big cycle to boom/boom and as a result now we have to cull the randy little baby factories.

    For better or worse post 1788 Australians have changed the Australian landscape. Roos are one prime example but another is the River Redgum. These are large gum trees that grow along the Murray-Darling and like to drop branches on unsuspecting campers. They are so iconic that everyone assumes they have ALWAYS been here and are vital to the river system ecologies.

    Except the journals of the early explorers hardly mention them, instead talking up the massive areas of grass land suitable for grazing. So in came the sheep farmers, the sheep ate the long grass and the Redgum seedlings, that previously used to get lost in the darkness of the long grass, could now grow into trees at a much higher success rate.

    Isn’t European Settlement wonderful? 😛

    • In our area aboriginals on walk-about patrolled the creeks and pulled what they considered excess red gum suckers.

      We also have the results of modern day thinning of these trees that has revived the springs of previous times and created year round fishing again.

      But “unseen” as it doesn’t suit the current agenda

      • any sapling over 50mm (roughly 2.5inches)round has to be permitted for removal in wimmera
        a local waterhole now has so many saplings coming up you cant walk between them to access water
        gunna be great when the lakes dry n a fire rips through

  21. Hubby is visiting our meteorologist son, who is stationed at the solar observatory at Learmonth. Luckily, they’d just left Perth day before yesterday to head north when the Perth temp hit -4C. Nobody’d packed the extra sweaters for THAT.

  22. I live in Canberra. My girlfriend and I left her place to go out for dinner last Saturday night. As I turned the car in the street we saw a couple of kangaroos in the carpark in the school opposite us. As I drove up the road it was bouncing up the footpath next to us so I accelerated to get away from it, as I had to turn left and I didn’t want the thing keeping on going straight given they have very little street sense. I made the turn and had traveled about a mile when a small roo appeared from my right, jumped in front of the car and I hit it, bowling him over and into oncoming traffic on the other side of the road, which also meant it got a small knock. It managed to get up, stunned, and plonk itself in the middle of the road. My girlfriend got out and managed to shoo it away. When I got to the restaurant, I checked for damage and discovered the front of my car was quite knocked around with lights pointing the wrong way and distance sensors etc inoperable. On the way back from dinner we discovered a dead roo at around the spot we’d hit it and presume it was the same one that had jumped back into the traffic. They’re a serious menace early in the morning or at dusk anywhere near nature reserves in Canberra.

    • Jack is right. A few years ago ~2005 or so when the debate about culling was just getting under way, I drove to the airport one morning about 7.00 am and counted 17 dead roos along the way. since they were cleared daily, fair to say that most had been killed by traffic overnight.

    • We have wild wallaby here they get knocked over as well, they mainly stay in one area, of swamp and tall shrubbery and swanp tree.

      Thats in britain by the way,……. theres several hundred in the wild colony they can shot as vermin.

    • DW, Australia is roughly the size of continental USA, often when we have wetter than average (flooding) there will still be small areas that are in drought and the same in the big roughly 60 year cycle of drought years, when most is in drought, some small areas will show as wetter than usual, and of course, Canberra our Capital Territory is notoriously cold, but all the well fed, well housed public “servants” ?? have heating and cooling and abundant salaries while they are working assiduously on making Diesel cars and trucks unaffordable due to Paris trickery we signed (heaven help us!) and Europe declaring Diesels “dirty” but don’t worry as those PS’s get to drive Government fuelled cars while the rest of us pay through the nose for ever higher fuel and heating/cooling costs. Pensioners and self funded retirees, are just a budget nuisance to them…we can vote out the politicians but the PS troughers remain playing their games in Cold Canberra. Also I would point out we have a lot of hot desert in Australia, and like the Death Valley high temperatures in the USA, the warmers use those areas to average higher temperatures on the East Coast… Just a game these days..

  23. There hasn’t been much cloud cover, which causes cold night time temperatures. The drought in Australia is very widespread, and seems to be mirrored by below average rainfall in many parts of the world… Possibly related to current solar minimum? IDK, but seems likely. CO² has nothing to do with it

    Wouldn’t it be nice if climate models had predictive power and could predict large seasonal rainfall deficits, floods etc…?

    • “Possibly related to current solar minimum?”

      Svensmark’s theory is that a weak sun should lead to ‘increased’ global cloud cover and hence rainfall. He contends that the reduction in the intensity of the solar wind that accompanies solar minimums should permit the accumulation of cloud-forming cosmic rays in the atmosphere.

      • IDK, but whatever the cause, “CO² has nothing to do with it”. IDoK that because I read it somewhere, on the internet, I think.

          • Wow, you’ve just gone through and replied to every comment I made in a creepy, whiney, trolly sort of way.
            What? Does that mean its troll feeding time?

  24. Kangaroos breed when there’s water available. Because there are now dams everywhere, kangaroos are out-breeding the amount of feed available. Hence the need for regular culling. There are professional hunters in the outback with mobile abattoirs to process the meat. Russia used to be a big market, but that’s collapsed because of sanctions and import bans. As other commenters have pointed out, the meat is similar to venison – a bit dry and gamey, so suitable for recipes with added fat, like bacon or cream.

  25. Having mobs of kangaroos move in to Canberra should significantly increase the IQ of the city’s population.

  26. Global Warming Cultist Prof Tim Flannery was declared “Australian of the Year” in 2007 as a reward for telling Australians that they should expect permanent drought as the result of global warming. As a result his reckless acolytes deliberately retained an excessively high level of water in the Wivenhoe Dam, cancelling its value in flood mitigation. That foolishness exacerbated the floods which began in November 2010 and cost 36 lives and at least a billion dollars in property damage. Not a word of repentance from Flannery.
    The ABC has now trotted out a fellow named Prof Seth Westra who tells us that heavy rain is caused by climate change. When will these clowns get their story straight?

    • I watched it unfold on radar and to chararacterise it as Flannery’s fault is a despicable slur and absolute bollocks. Zero shame.

      • Do you read for understanding, or just to find something to whine about?
        What was Flannery’s fault had to do with retaining too much water behind the dam. Nobody ever claimed that the rain was his fault.

      • It is his fault that we now have little used de-sal plants in Australia that were built on his advice that it would never rain again. The Wivenhoe dam was built after the much worse flooding of 1974, which struck mainly industrial land. It was built specifically for flood mitigation. But Flannery stated, repeatedly, that it would never rain again, but it did, in a cycle not unusual for Queensland. Because Flannery stated it would never rain again, when the rains came, there was way too much water already stored in the system with nowhere to go but downstream to the flood plain. This time, unlike 1974, much of that industrial land had been converted to urban dwellings and got consumed.

        Ever wonder why a “Queenslander” is a house on stilts in Queensland? That isn’t bollocks at all!

  27. *Fully expects the NYT to publish an article claiming that computer models have been validated because … climate refugees*

  28. Dan Evans reckons “This current drought in Australia is one of the worst in living memory.”

    A few months with low rainfall is called a “dry spell” in Australian parlance. The worst Australian drought in living memory (unless you were born yesterday) was the decade long permanent drought caused by global warming:

    It ended abruptly with floods – caused by global warming:

    Before the global warming cult was established to make the climate system orbit around the sins of humanity, Australians used to celebrate a “sunburnt country” with “droughts and flooding ranges.”

    south-east Australian dam levels:
    Canberra ~ 75%
    Sydney ~ 67 %
    Melbourne ~ 60% (that’s roughly 6 years of supply during drought conditions)

  29. “A few roos in hjs/her/any other personal pronoun top paddock” is an old Aussie saying meaning ‘crazy’.

    Perhaps a few of these eacaped from the many ACT greens

  30. So one starving kangaroo laying on the grass – which coincidentally just happen to have a full belly of grass – since it evidently didn’t even try to eat the grass – and no steam coming out of its mouth after its trek – not even close to ice age – in one stadium is the evidence of what – other than one animal in the one stadium during a match on a balmy afternoon?

    I guess when one animal runs into a stadium it’s international news.

    Not even a link to the temperature record?

    Just a sound bite by ?

    And who listens to CNN?

  31. The roos are definitely on the move. Drove to Thredbo and back earlier this week and the highway south of Canberra was a killing field. Two or three road kill per 100m for km after km.

    I’ve certainly never seen it so bad.

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