Long Term Graphs of Local Climates
The graph on the right shows the classic image of changing global temperatures. It gives averages over a year and over five years all over the globe, i.e. over time and space. But what do they mean to the individual and do they hide a great variation in climate change effects across the globe.
How are different climate measures affected. Are maximum temperatures affected in the same way as minimum temperatures? The answer is no they are not. So here we start looking at different cities and localities across Australia, showing how maximum and minimum temperatures, daily temperature ranges and rainfall have changed at individual locations, possibly your own.
People find it hard to identify with a change in global temperatures. What does it really mean for them? When you look at what people in one location actually experience, the rise in temperatures due to climate change is often distinctly greater than the rises found in commonly quoted broad averages over large areas. In major cities, there is an additional effect raising temperatures and that is growth and urbanisation, but to the man in the street, it does not matter why the temperature rises if their health is adversely affected.
We present graphs showing maximum temperatures, minimum temperatures, daily temperature ranges and rainfall, using data as far back as possible for each location.