Wild And Lethal Weather Extremes Gripped The Planet…80 Years Ago When Atmospheric CO2 Was Well Under 350 ppm!

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Wild and crazy weather extremes really are nothing new. I got the following compilation from reader Jimbo:
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Hi Pierre,
Please consider putting up the following as a post. It concerns 1935 bad weather events. It’s intended to put things into perspective for younger folks.

Below is a small selection of newspaper headlines from 1935 reporting on ‘bad weather’ events and some consequences. Some reports overlap into 1934.

STRANGE / ODD / WILD / WEIRD WEATHER – 1935
Britain Has Winter Heat Wave [Jan.]
FREAK WEATHER Winter in England FLOWERS BLOOM [Jan.]
COLDEST WEATHER IN MEMORY. MOTOR CARS SNOWED UP. [Britain] [Jan.]
SNOW IN MAY. Unusual Weather in England. [May]
FREAK WEATHER Frosts in England HEAVY LOSSES [June] _______
HEAT WAVE Extremes in India RECORD OF 124 DEGREES
PHENOMENAL WEATHER UNPRECEDENTED HEAT WAVE EXTRAORDINARY RAINFALL, Calcutta
INDIA UNDER FROST Record Low Temperatures Many Deaths from Pneumonia
COLD SPELL ICE in Torrid India HEAVY DEATH ROLL CALCUTTA
CATTLE KILLED BY HAILSTONES. CALCUTTA _______ WILD WEATHER Violent Duststorms Sydney
Abnormal Weather HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODS. FRUIT CROPS AFFECTED. [Australia]
Bitterly Cold Weather RECORD FOR SYDNEY…[lowest for 71 years in April.]
LIGHTNING, HAIL, BUSH FIRES WILD WEATHER REPORTED HAILSTONES PIERCE TANKS [Australia]

DROUGHT HAVOC IN INTERIOR Rabbits and Drift Ravaging Land CLIMATE CHANGE [Australia]
COOL—HOT—WET—COOL Melbourne’s Chameleon Afternoon _______
DUST STORMS IN U.S.A. Whole Country Affected FREAK WEATHER EXPERIENCED…
SEVEN DEAD IN HAILSTORM. HONOLULU
Freak Weather:…….Niagara Freezes:
AMERICA’S WINTER 200 Deaths From Cold Frost Reaches Florida _______
SNOW IN SWELTERING SAHARA ALGIERS 400 LIVES LOST. Torrential. Rain: Gales in Brazil. BUILDINGS COLLAPSE.
UNPRECEDENTED WIND AND RAIN STORMS. STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY. Bahia (Brazil)
Rained Jellyfish. MELBOURNE
ls the Weather Abnormal?

HEATWAVES – 1935
HEATWAVE IN FRANCE HUNDREDS OF CASES OF SUNSTROKE
HEAT WAVE IN ITALY DEATHS FROM SUNSTROKE [“…100 deaths…”]
Most Of Continent, In Heat Wave [Europe]
122 IN THE SHADE. Madras Suffers. Deaths From Heat Stroke. [India]
WHEAT ESTIMATE IN U.S. REDUCED Effect Of Rust, Heat, And Drought
WEATHER EXTREMES. COLD FOLLOWS HEAT WAVE. Hailstorm in Perth Suburbs
EXTREME HEAT THROUGHOUT STATE 113 DEGREES AT WHITE CLIFFS. SYDNEY
HEAT WAVE. High Temperatures in New Zealand
EXTREMES IN WEATHER FOR SOUTH AFRICANS Heat Wave For Match Against Yorkshire
HEAT WAVE IN SYDNEY MANY PERSONS COLLAPSE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS Anxiety in Europe Heat Wave in England
ENGLAND’S HEATWAVE. DROUGHT CONDITIONS. NO WATER SHORTAGE

DROUGHTS – 1935
DROUGHT IN AMERICA DESTITUTE FARMERS MIGRATION TO ALASKA
DROUGHT’S TOLL. 5,000,000 SHEEP DEAD. LOSSES IN QUEENSLAND
DROUGHT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA Critical Position
DROUGHT IN CANADA Grasshoppers Eat Rhubarb FARMERS SAD PLIGHT
Cargoes Firm Serious Drought in Argentina
FLOODS AND DROUGHT. HOW CHINA SUFFERS. Children Sold for Bowl of Rice
SOLDIERS’ BODIES GRIM HARVEST ON OLD BATTLEFIELDS Drought Dried up Swamps [France & Belgium]
DROUGHT IN SOUTH OF ENGLAND
IN BAD WAY New Zealand Dairymen SEVERE DROUGHT
FOOD SHORTAGE Drought in Ceylon GOVERNMENT RELIEF
Suffering Among Italian Troops [“Drought, malaria, flies, mosquitoes, and blistering heat…East Africa”]

FLOODS – 1935
50,000 Dead in Chinese Floods
DISASTROUS U.S.A. FLOODS Hundred Dead in Five States HEAVY DAMAGES
WIDESPREAD STORMS FLOODS IN EUROPE AND ASIA MINOR
FLOODS, STORMS AND TORNADOES 250 Casualties Reported Denver, Colorado
HEAVY FLOODS IN N.Z.
DISASTER IN JAPAN 145 People Die In Floods GREAT DAMAGE
QUEENSLAND FLOODS. Bridges Still Under Water
FLOODS IN CANADA HUNDREDS OF FARMS INUNDATED SEVENTEEN DEATHS REPORTED
RHONE FLOODS Worst for 95 Years FIFTEEN LIVES LOST RIVER ELEVEN MILES WIDE
GALE AND RAIN FLOODS IN GREAT BRITAIN
FIJI FLOODS Severe Damage
72 PERSONS DEAD Landslides and Floods SOUTHERN ITALY AND SICILY
TEN FLOODS IN EIGHTEEN MONTHS [New Zealand]
2000 DEAD Cyclone and Floods in Honduras
FLOODS IN FRANCE Worst for 90 Years FIFTEEN PERSONS DROWNED
2000 DEAD OR MISSING HAITI HURRICANE AND FLOODS
SEVERE FLOODS Dead and Damage IN NEW YORK STATE
Fatal Floods In Turkey, Spain and France
450 BODIES NOW RECOVERED Disastrous Mexican Floods

TORNADOES – 1935
PLANE CRASHES IN BELGIAN CONGO Seven Killed After Tornado
FURIOUS, TORNADO DAMAGE AT COOGEE SYDNEY
FLOODS IN HAITI HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE 1,000 Believed Drowned Torrential Rain Follows Tornado
TRAIL OF RUIN TORNADO AND FIRES DESTRUCTION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TORNADOES Sweep American States. 34 PERSONS KILLED
FLORIDA TORNADO. Death Roll Growing. Trail of Desolation

STORMS – CYCLONES / TYPHOONS – 1935
DISASTROUS CYCLONE [NW Australia]
SEVERE CYCLONE Houses Uprooted in India
CYCLONE IN FLORIDA Heavy Loss Of Life TOWN OF TAVERNIER RAZED
BAHAMAS CYCLONE. Extensive Damage. 14 Deaths Reported
HUNDREDS DEAD IN TYPHOON 75,000 HOMES LOST Destruction in Japan
OVER 400 LOST IN FLORIDA HURRICANE MIAMI
HURRICANE DAMAGE. THIRTY REPORTED DEAD. Cuba and Jamaica Swept
1000 BELIEVED DROWNED IN HAITI
HURRICANE RAGING. DAMAGE IN SCOTLAND. SHIPS AGROUND. TRAIN DERAILED
COOK ISLANDS. Extensive Hurricane Damage

CLIMATE CHANGE? – 1935
OUR CHANGING CLIMATE Scientists Talk of Post…..[ Australia’s climate is bad,..]
CLIMATIC ECCENTRICITIES [… more or less off what is regarded as the normal…]
PLAN TO MELT THE NORTH POLE. AND IMPROVE THE WORLD’S CLIMATE. DAM 200 MILES LONG. ——–

See also 1954: A Bad Year of “Climate Change” – Natural Disasters Pummel Large Swaths of Globe, Again Global Weirding Late 19th & early 20th Centuries Extreme Climate Change: The 1933-1938 Bad weather events.

Bad Weather of the past from Steven Goddard.

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22 responses to “Wild And Lethal Weather Extremes Gripped The Planet…80 Years Ago When Atmospheric CO2 Was Well Under 350 ppm!”

  1. Jimbo

    Please note that I randomly chose a date between 1910 to 1949 (they tell us that from 1950 humans started have a more noticeable impact). I plan another exercise one decade after – 1945.

    1. kramer

      Jimbo,

      Did you search that in Google? The reason I ask is, if I search “New York” in google news and set the date from say 1900 to 1950, I get nothing. I used to get lots of hits.

      1. Jimbo

        Google news search is a problem for me too now. I used http://trove.nla.gov.au/

    2. Mindert Eiting

      Thanks, Jimbo. Why should you do it randomly? The present isn’t randomly chosen either. May I advise 1947? That year contained many extremes.

      1. Jimbo

        It took me about 3 days to finish the list (in between doing other stuff of life). I’ll see anyway.

    3. Jimbo

      I want this to be a resource for people every time you enter a thread and people tell you that the weather is getting weird, odd, crazy, out of balance etc. I could have done this for 1936, 1937,1938 and so on with similar results. It’s just the weather doing its stuff.

  2. Jeff Wood

    Jimbo, just the headlines make me shudder.

    My Father remembers a rough year in Scotland immediately after he left school to take over his father’s job as a farm worker. Grandpa took blood poisoning which left him on his back for six months, so Dad had to work to support his parents and two young sisters.

    My father was 12 or 13 when he found himself doing a man’s job. I think you may have found the year it happened.

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  4. Recovering Lutheran

    Interesting. It would seem that apocalyptic alarmism about the weather is an old problem.

  5. John F. Hultquist

    Thanks Jimbo.
    Except for a bit of travel I have mostly lived in the lower-48 US between 41 North and 47 North. Many cold and warm air masses meet along this belt. I’ve seen a lot of snow, rain, sleet, hail, cold, hot, dry, and wind. No matter what I have experienced, someone, somewhere has seen more or less of all these. Seeing your list(s) provides perspective and, as you mention a resource.

  6. Frederick Colbourne

    Around that time I saw a sleigh like the one Santa uses in a garage next to the one where my grandpa kept his truck. The garage is still there, a couple of kilometers from Toronto city hall. Don’t know about the sleigh though.

    My grandpa used to hitch his horse to the sleigh in the winters to deliver groceries to his customers. A wagon was not much use he said because the snow was too deep. But by 1937 when I last inspected the sleigh, the summers were hotter and the winters not so cold, at least according to my grandpa who was born in York County within Metro Toronto around 1867.

  7. Buddy

    Wow…SHOCKING! You mean to tell me there has always been weather? Did not see THAT one coming:)

    So….what you seem to be saying…..is that that the increase in water vapor over the last 30 years or so does not make any difference as to the amount of energy that storms can have. Really?

    1. DirkH

      You are fantasizing.

      Water vapor reanalysis shows decline of specific humidity since 1980
      http://suyts.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/climate-update-earths-atmosphere-holding-more-water-or-something/#comment-75014
      Utter failure of CO2AGW theory.

    2. DirkH

      Global Tropical Cyclone Accumulated Energy.
      http://policlimate.com/tropical/global_running_ace.png

      Buffy, why do you ask stupid questions? Why don’t you look for data yourself? See, CO2AGW theory fails in each and every regard.

    3. Jimbo

      I am glad you are shocked Buddy, it’s terrifying isn’t it? 🙂

      So….what you seem to be saying…..is that that the increase in water vapor over the last 30 years or so does not make any difference as to the amount of energy that storms can have.

      No Buddy, YOU SAID THAT not me. Please do back up all your assertions with references and show me the increase in water vapour is due to man’s greenhouse gases.

      Science Daily – 2 February 2014
      Nature can, selectively, buffer human-caused global warming, say scientists
      Can naturally occurring processes selectively buffer the full brunt of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities? Yes, says a group of researchers in a new study……

      Since water vapor is a very strong greenhouse gas, this effect leads to a negative feedback on climate change. That is, the increase in water vapor due to enhanced evaporation from the warming oceans is confined to the near- surface area, while the stratosphere becomes drier. Hence, this effect may actually slightly weaken the more dire forecasted aspects of an increasing warming of our climate, the scientists say…….
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140202111055.htm

      It’s worse than we thought! 🙁

    4. Jimbo

      Buddy, see the Great storms of the Little Ice Age [peer reviewed abstracts].

      Expect less violent storms in a warmer world as the temperature gradient between the poles and the equator is reduced. Storms thrive on temperature difference.

      Abstract
      The Little Climatic Optimum, with its persistent trade winds, clear skies, limited storminess, and consistent Walker Circulation may have been an ideal setting for migration. The Little Ice Age with its increased variability in trade winds, erratic Walker Circulation, increased storminess, and increased dust from volcanism may have helped [prevent migration. Such changes in climate would influence the migration pattern through physical perception and decision making by the Polynesians, rather than having a direct impact.
      Doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/0031-0182(83)90087-1
      —–
      Abstract
      Hubert H. Lamb – 1984
      [Climatic Changes on a Yearly to Millennial Basis 1984, pp 309-329]
      Some Studies of the Little Ice Age of Recent Centuries and its Great Storms
      …And so the series gives us our most reliable estimate of the magnitude of the temperature depression in England and neighbouring countries. In northern Scotland, southern Norway and Iceland there are indications of a significantly greater depression of the prevailing temperatures…..The enhanced thermal gradient between latitudes about 50° and 60–65°N in this part of the world is thought to have provided a basis for the development of some greater wind storms in these latitudes than have occurred in most of the last 100 years…
      doi: 10.1007/978-94-015-7692-5_34

    5. Ed Caryl

      Buddy, if you only looked at the data:
      http://www.climate4you.com/ClimateAndClouds.htm#Clouds%20and%20atmospheric%20water%20vapour
      There has been no water vapor increase. In fact, the upper atmosphere has dried out.
      There has been no energy increase in storms either.
      https://notrickszone.com/2013/11/21/data-show-cyclone-activity-following-temperature-difference-between-tropics-and-poles-dramatic-decrease-with-warming/
      And, I have warned you, turn down the snark level. It doesn’t help your cause. It only convinces us you are a paid troll.

      1. DirkH

        That’s all he has.
        They don’t find trolls that know the issue.

      2. Mindert Eiting

        Perhaps he gets more paid if he has NTZ on his CV.

    6. Jimbo

      And finally Buddy, the Eemian interglacial means you and I should not be here as per water vapor feedbacks. It was a warmer and more humid world 120,000 ago. Hippos frolicked in the Rhine and Thames.

      http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/1040-6182(91)90051-O
      http://www.njgonline.nl/publish/articles/000099/article.pdf

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  9. Jeff Wolenski

    1937 was also a year with very high sunspot activity according to The Royal Astronomical Society. There is a very high correlation with sunspots and weather.

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