Wall collapse at Lithgow coal mine said to be ‘equivalent to a giant oil spill’

The ABC reports – Collapse at Clarence Colliery at Lithgow ‘equivalent to giant oil spill’, wilderness foundation says.
I wonder if in all history rivers and creeks have never eroded coal measures before? So are there natural examples of environmental damage equal to “giant oil spills” in the rivers and water courses draining the abundant coal measures surrounding greater Sydney?
Not trying to minimise any particular event but let us keep some perspective and it would be nice to see the media reporting a rational view from all angles.
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Australian BoM claim that Perth has had the warmest June ever is not true everywhere around Perth

Keen eyed readers warned me of this news – Warmest June temperatures for Perth
Working down this station list for the Perth region – In a few days the June 2015 archive will be visible. I have the page saved offline if anybody wants it emailed. Badgingarra had 20.6 last month but in 1985 saw 20.9.
Garden Island had 19.9 equal with 2006. Gingin Aero has 20.9 but saw 22.9 in 1996 and 21 in 2000. Karnet had 17.8 but saw 18.1 in 2006. Rottnest Island at 19.7 was equal to 1997.
Looking around at other stations some closed – Guildford Post Office saw 21.3 in 1944. Upper Swan Research saw 21.6 in 1983. Rottnest Lighthouse read 20.2 in 1949.
I ask if you could take out a century of urban heat island UHI growth – would the BoM claim stand up? I think on balance no doubt last month was very warm in Perth but the claim of “warmest ever” is not the most robust of claims to trumpet from the centre of a huge urban area.

Australian BoM names Raquel as their first ever recorded July cyclone – but BoM memories are faulty

The BoM has said that a tropical low north east of the Solomons might develop into a tropical cyclone. First news on 30 June.
There are references to July cyclones if you search the National Library of Australia online newspaper database TROVE – as reader silligy has done and kindly emailed.
I would guess that most usages of the term cyclone refer to inconvenient wet weather that was not due to what we would term a “tropical cyclone” these days.
However a SE Qld event from 11th to 14th July 1954 reported in the Ipswich based Queensland Country Life has the hallmarks of being due to a borderline Category 1 tropical cyclone. Readers can judge for themselves and who knows better examples might lurk within TROVE.
Scroll down this link for rain over Brisbane region July 1954. Not a bad rain event in many places.
Here is a rain anomaly map for July 1954.
Checking Daily max wind gusts – yes on 12th July 1954 Brisbane RO and Airport both topped 100kmh max gust which I think puts it in Cat 1 class. Bearing in mind winds might have been higher at sea and at the lighthouses if data existed – and even higher if modern BoM wind speed models could be applied.
So – on balance it looks to me as if the BoM have short memories.
Stop Press – Just found these headlines at Trove – you can find the 14th.

Trove has no Courier Mail for the 13th
But the 14th –

The BoM is a disgrace – too often misinforming Australia about our weather history – the BoM must be reformed.

Lone Wolf Day – four attacks in one day

First we heard of France – France attack: Man decapitated at factory near Lyon
then Tunisia – Tunisia attack on Sousse beach ‘kills 39′
Kuwait reported next – Kuwait Shia mosque blast death toll ‘rises to 27′
then Somalia attack: Al-Shabab ‘kills 30′ at AU military base
In Australia we argue over the niceties of granting a Minister power to cancel a passport if national security is an issue – compared to relying on our marvellous court processes to cancel a passport. Bearing in mind the Minister’s decision would be subject to judicial review.
Motorist who struck schoolboy acquitted after experts suggest ice can have positive effects on driving. In the middle of a national ice epidemic and campaign costing $150Million to fight same – truly Australia is a wondrous nation.

UK Met Office says that the activity of our sun is in decline but that any cooling will be swamped by global warming

I note the abstract of their paper – Regional climate impacts of a possible future grand solar minimum – is misleading when it starts by saying – “Any reduction in global mean near-surface temperature due to a future decline in solar activity..” Stating that any decline is in the future. Yet in the paper they clearly state the decline is happening now and is accelerating. – “The decline in solar activity has continued, to the time of writing, and is faster than any other such decline in the 9,300 years covered by the cosmogenic isotope data1.” Never trust anything written by pro-IPCC sources without checking the fine print.
Two media reports – Solar decline may mean colder UK winters – Met Office study – and – Britain faces FREEZING winters as slump in solar activity threatens ‘little Ice Age’

New Zealand hottest ever day in February 1973 arrived directly from Australian heatwave

After being pointed to a NIWA page of NZ climate extremes I saw that the hottest ever day in NZ was the 7th Feb 1973 when it was 39.2 at Ruatoria and 42.4 at Rangiora. Curiosity made me check Sydney that month and a ~40 degree heatwave ended on the 6th. Contour map of the Australian max temp anomaly 6 Feb 1973.
Fascinating that the Australian air traveled ~2400 km over the ditch yet retained heat to make 40 across Aotearoa. Yet pro-IPCC dogmas would not admit to UHI warmed air wafting out to the countryside to affect rural stations.
The BoM rates Canberra Airport as a “non-urban” site despite close proximity to booming urban area.

Confused reporting of cold in New Zealand

The headline in The NZ Herald says – New Zealand hit by record cold temperatures overnight – Yet a reading of the article gives no examples of actual records.
But some bone chilling -20°C overnight lows in the South Island. Hopefully some Kiwis might have better information.
The Met Office over there and NIWA have a very poor online data sources to check weather history. The Australian BoM is light years ahead with their www site.
Kiwis who are interested in weather history would be better served by the NZ weather authorities abandoning their pitiful WWW efforts and contracting that www weather history stuff out to the BoM.

Why does the BoM adjusted ACORN temperature series incorporate urban heated Australian capital city data?

Now the the BoM adjusted warmer temperature series ACORN is in news again – thanks to Dr Jennifer Marohasy and Graham Lloyd Environment Writer at The Australian newspaper – it seems a fair question to ask. Surely if you were starting from scratch with BoM raw weather records to build an honest temperature history of Australia – the first step would be to exclude all data known to be urban heat island UHI affected. No? There are hundreds of historic weather records available from sites with less UHI contamination – but the BoM include all Australian big cities. I’m puzzled.

Primarily exposing faulty methodologies behind global temperature trend compilations