Gonzo wrote: »
It's tough to find another country with summers as cool and poor as ours. Tasmania while 'cool' is still significantly warmer than Ireland during their summer with high teens to low/mid 20's regular. It can get up to 40C on the odd occasion with plumes drifting down from SE Australia. It's more like northern Spain. New Zealand is more like northern France in terms of summer where 20 to 30C can happen regularly throughout the summer and 40C can happen there too. Parts of central and southern Chile is probably more similar to Ireland with summer temperatures around 14 to 18C and the odd day reaching 20C or slightly more.
Donegal Storm wrote: »
Fun fact, out of every single country on earth only Iceland has a colder max temperature record than us!
In the coming decades and centuries, we may find the Sahara Desert becoming the fertile grassland it once was. Research shows that northern Africa where the Sahara currently is was once dotted with large lakes, vegetation, animals, and human settlements. This period, known as the African Humid Period (lasting approximately 15,000 to 5,000 years ago) was far from northern Africa we know today.
It appears that approximately 5,500 years ago, however, northern Africa moisture was suddenly cut off, ending the humid period. Research is ongoing as to why and how fertile northern Africa suddenly became the Sahara Desert. One thing is clear though, the switch between humid and arid can be abrupt. Are we on the verge of another African humid period? No one knows for sure, but it will likely be the focus of continued research studies and the hopes for many northern Africa countries.
Danno wrote: »
Similar to parts of NW Ireland