Australia adds new colour to temperature maps as heat soars

“Global warming is turning the volume of extreme weather up, Spinal-Tap-style, to 11.”

“The temperature forecast for next Monday by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology is so unprecedented – over 52C – that it has had to add a new colour to the top of its scale, a suitably incandescent purple.” [The Guardian]


  1. This story is dancing around the embarassing fact that some data wonk at the BoM did not have the foresight to design a graphic color scale that would accommodate historically unprecedented but not unforeseeable temperatures.
    A co-worker in our graphics design department pointed out that this scale also uses non-intuitive colors which makes for awkward interpretation.


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