January 22, 2013

How hot is it getting in Australia? - Time for new temperature maps

It is getting really hot in Australia. How hot? So hot that Australia's Bureau of Meteorology had to add new colors to its weather map. Now, those unfortunate parts of Australia that achieve temperatures above 122ºF (50ºC) — temperatures that were, until recently, literally off the scale — will be marked in deep purple and terrifying hot pink. It is an interesting moment in data visualization history when climate scientists find themselves in the position of revising the upper bounds of temperatures they ever expected to depict. [Wired]

Sydney hit an all-time record temperature of 114ºF (45.7ºC) on January 17th. 

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