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Tropical Narooma or faulty readings

The Beagle Editor, About a year ago, I moved from chilly Braidwood to the more temperate Batemans Bay.

During the 4 coldest months from May to August, the warm 4 degree discrepancy in favour of the Bay was quite noticeable. This was understandable because Braidwood sits 643m above sea level and does not benefit from the ameliorating effect of the ocean.

What I don’t understand is the differential between Batemans Bay and Narooma.

BOM figures consistently show that the average minimum temperature for Narooma from May to August is 3 degrees warmer than the Bay. That’s a lot. That’s double the IPCC forecast of 1.5 degree global warming for the year 2100. It looks as if catastrophic global warming has already arrived in Narooma.

Narooma is 65 km south of the Bay and yet while the 4 degrees difference between chilly Braidwood and the Bay is quite apparent, the 3 degrees difference between The Bay and tropical Narooma seems less so.

Has the BOM weather station in Narooma been placed in front of the warm exhaust from the local fish and chip shop? Or is the hot air expelled from Council meetings somehow being funnelled down into Narooma? Or is Mr Magoo taking the readings?

All I can think of is that Narooma sits next to a shallow lake or maybe it is less susceptible to cold air rolling downhill from the cold tablelands. Any other suggestions?

Greg Sugden.


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