The night the cold killed the mallee: extreme events & climate change

Interesting changes in frostiness (and plant responses) as a result of overal warming.

Ian Lunt's Ecological Research Site

tent in frostMy toes knows it’s cold outside. Me nose knows too. And me ear.
Our thin nylon tent holds little warmth.

Last night the mercury fell to –2°C in the mallee. Cold on the extremities, but not cold in the extreme. Cold in the extreme? Last seen, winter ’82.

Every winter, the small town of Ouyen – a grain silo, roadhouse, general store and little more – gets about 18 frosts. Most years, the coldest night is a chilly –1°C. Thirty two years ago, the mercury plummeted.

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