Is this heat really unprecedented?

Here’s some historical perspective on today’s heat. Look at how temperatures soared in many states in 1936. 

“During 1936, 117F temperatures were common from Texas to North Dakota,” says Tony Heller. “South Dakota was over 120F. North Dakota was over 119F. Nebraska was 118F. Iowa was 117F. Missouri was 118F. Oklahoma was 120F. Texas was 119F. Arkansas was 117F.”

Can you believe that?

Over 119F in North Dakota? North Dakota is right up there adjacent to the Canadian border.

Over 120F in South Dakota? Now that’s a heat wave,.

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12 thoughts on “Is this heat really unprecedented?”

  1. The solar output status for that summer period was 1936 was on the rising edge Solar Cycle 17 with Sun spot activity around the 30 and starting the rise to Max approximately 2 years later.
    SC17, SC18 and SC19 formed the highest cycles of the Solar Warm Period which ended in 2008. This Warm section was marked with SC20 which formed the single cycle cool period during the 1970s. SC21, SC22 and SC23 then formed the second slightly lower solar activity period of the Modern Solar Warm Period.
    However, the previous 6 solar cycles 11 – 16 formed the Gleissberg Minimum with EUV energy output levels 2/3 that of SC20, but higher than those of Dalton.
    I would suggest the 1936 heat event in the US was Meridional in nature with a Large Summer blocking high pressure system over the US South Eastern states which dragged Hot dry air from the US South, and South Western high lands and Mexico.
    The UK in June this year has just experienced a similar Meridional Hot Air event from the African Sahara, yet the on the other side of the European Meridional Jet Stream it is still snowing in Russia.

  2. Today’s summers are NOTHING compared to those days. You always experience over 110F in AZ, NM, NV and CA in the summer every year, BUT we no longer reach 120F in North Dakota like back in 1936. Unless you’re in Death Valley!

    In addition there is no heat wave here. The SE has had a mild and wet June so far and we started out the month pretty chilly in early June, with lows dropping to 59F near Summerville, SC. It was much hotter last June!

  3. In addition, so far Dallas has only reached 96F this June – not necessarily that hot!

    Wichita has reached 95 so far. (and it’s been far hotter in previous Junes) In 2012 they reached 105 on the 25th. This year they only expect 79F. This is well below average!

    No heat wave here!

  4. Thanks for this article!

    It has always puzzled me why the record high temperatures in the US occurred in the 1930’s. Then I read about when and where radio broadcasting began.

    Here is a brief article about when and where radio began:

    I haven’t found a good summary article that tells about how fast and how far radio stations multiplied…yet. I understand that little mom-and-pop radio stations were numerous. The big networks didn’t start up until radio broadcasting had been in existence for a few years.

    As I learn about how wide the coverage of radio was in the less-mountainous parts of the country, especially in rural areas, it makes me wonder how instrumental the drying effect of EM radiation was in the development of the Dust Bowl.

    I would not be surprised to learn that the extremes of the natural weather cycles (especially the too-dry part of the cycles) were exacerbated by all the many radio stations that came into use, especially during the 1930’s.

    Since I became aware of the Electric Universe concepts, it makes me realize that the sun is more that Big Electromagnetic Transmitter in the Sky, rather than that Big Nuclear Furnace in the Sky.

    One of my favorite weather forecasters has an online weather course, and one major point in that course that jumped out at me was that the sun heats the planet, and then the planet heats the atmosphere. Not the other way around.

    Someone has said that there is a neutron star inside our planet. I don’t know. But there is something inside that responds to the various EM energies that we receive from the sun. As Robert has pointed out, when the sun goes into the quiet part of the solar cycle, then our planet gets colder. In fact, as the charts show, the pattern of the planet’s heating up, then abruptly dropping off (especially after a major volcanic eruption!) might be explained by the inner part of the earth becoming highly energized, then having an eruption occur that relieves the excess energy, and then having to wait a long time to achieve the same energetic levels as before.

    Does our increasing generation of electricity and spewing it out into the environment speed up this process? I don’t know. I figure it is largely a natural cycle. But I do not believe we are doing ourselves any favor to remove coal, oil, and gas from our inventory of energy-generating sources. Once the next ice age hits (and you could argue that we there), we would have a better of chance of surviving if we had the use of coal, oil, and gas to keep warm and keep our society functioning.

  5. We were blazing hot, around 112, yesterday in SW Utah, the warmest (and lowest) part of the state, which may have been a record for the day, but we almost always have a stretch of 110+ days in late June or the first few weeks of July, with only a few exceptions in the 20 summers I’ve been here. Just 10 days ago, it was sunny with a high of 73, after a remarkably cool spring, so we get some huge temperature swings. We are still well below the all-time high here of 117. (We had our all-time low of zero several winters ago, following a rare blizzard of 6 to 8 inches . The previous record low had been 6 degrees, as I recall.)

    With 6% humidity today, it is surprisingly comfortable (in the shade) at 108, and you practically freeze coming out of a swimming pool in this low humidity.

  6. Powergrab, the comment you left has most of us with an ability to discern fact from fiction squirming in our apprehension for the future of our species. If your comment is the “representative slice” that all the rest of the bacon in that package hides behind then we have no future at all. You postulate a ridiculous theory and then say, “I don’t know”. Well, if you don’t know, why do you postulate it? And you do postulate quite a bit that you admit you do not know. The electric universe theory is a dumbing down and bastardization of Matter Wave theory. Try researching the The de Broglie hypothesis for a better understanding of quantum mechanics, after that, read every single thing you can find about Richard Feynman. Next postulation, it is easily researchable that about 23% of the suns radiance that makes it to us is absorbed by the atmosphere, including all the deadly rays that would just love to cook us in our cheap suits, and yes, the radiation belts count as part of the atmosphere. That’s two strikes. And this one I really love. A neutron star at the core of the Earth. It makes me want to cry that someone with access to the internet would even say it. After all, you have access …. TO THE XXXXXXX INTERNET! And even without any research at all I knew that was wrong so I did the research for you, verified six different ways. The minimum size for a sustainable neutron star is 1.1 Solar masses. 1.1 Solar masses with accompanying gravitational qualities and an estimated diameter of about 10 kilometers. If you could instantly transport that object into the very center of the Earth, the entire planet would be turned into a very bright(and hot) light within the space of about two hours. Yeah, you are not going to believe that a 10 km object could do that, so google what is the heaviest atomic particle. ITS NEUTRONS. But hey, maybe me and my 137 IQ are mistaken. I DON’T KNOW.

  7. Well locally (that is southeastern VA) we are getting a slow-to-normal start of summer. The highest has been around 91F, which is not a “hot spell” for here as it’s not unusual at all in summer… but we keep getting a lot of hot days followed by a lot of much cooler, rainy days. Thunderstorms (not just “heat lightening”) which tend to be more common in spring are still frequent. We had a brief period of hail last weekend.

    I go by the bugs though… usually we get swarms of May flies in late April to early May and then the deer flies come out in full force. By now the dang May flies (a personal curse, as they seem to love to bite me and I get very bad itchy welts from them)…which should have been gone, are still out in full force… and the nasty, aggressive, biting deer flies as well.

  8. Just remember, the local bright object, is a variable, it don’t put out the same amount of energy 24×7. At millions of degrees, even a 1% increase or decrease means a lot. Less energitic photons would be weaker getting here, imparting less energy to our atmosphere, to our plants and animals. Another quick point, the magnetic flux lines, that contain the plasma, help to transfer the plasma to our atmosphere. More flux, warmer? Now in the midst of fewer flux, cooler?

  9. I live in North Dakota and 119 degrees in 1936 would be pretty warm. We also had the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state in 1936 at -60 degrees F. I live in the city where that record was set.

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