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58 years of Victorian temperatures

Distribution of Victorian Temperature Anomalies (1950 - 2008)

A small exper­i­ment with the Bureau of Met’s record of mean tem­per­a­ture anom­alies for Vic­to­ria using Hadley Wickham’s ‘ggplot’ library for R. There are 696 obser­va­tions of month­ly means between 1950 and 2008. The Bureau pro­vides ‘anom­alies’ from the month­ly 1961–1990 means. How are these anom­alies dis­trib­uted? Are they skewed toward the upper ‘tail’ of the dis­tri­b­u­tion, point­ing to an alarm­ing degree of warm­ing in Vic­to­ria?

Well, there’s a smidge greater length in the upper tail. But oth­er­wise, looks like a fac­to­ry-stan­dard nor­mal dis­tri­b­u­tion to me.

Recognition of R

To some peo­ple R is just the 18th let­ter of the alpha­bet. To oth­ers, it’s the rat­ing on racy movies, a mea­sure of an attic’s insu­la­tion or what pirates in movies say.”  extract from NY Times

Should I be embar­rassed, as an Aus­tralian, that one of my favorite lan­guages comes from New Zealand?