Two news reports the same day–
HELSINKI, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — Finland this year has recorded its highest average temperature for a winter season since 1900, the Finnish Meteorological Institute said Thursday. The average temperature in the Finnish capital Helsinki in January was 0.6 degrees Celsius, which was 4.8 degrees higher than that of the period between 1971 and 2000, said the institute. Global warming and unusually constant warm currents from the south and the southwest may have contributed to the extraordinarily mild winter, the institute added.
Sydney’s weirdly cool summer
Searing heat, parched gardens and sunny skies – trademarks of an Australian summer – were replaced by cloudy days and lots of rain, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.Remarkably, not one day this summer pushed past 31 degrees.
“That’s only happened three times in the past (in 149 years of the bureau’s weather records), with the last being 1956 – it’s quite significant,” Ms Symons said.
NASA scientists who monitor the Sun say that our star’s awesome magnetic field is flipping — a sure sign that solar maximum is here.