March 8, 1974

On this date in 1974, three fourths of the US was over 60F – and 80F was widespread across much of the country including Indiana and Illinois.

A few weeks later, the worst tornado outbreak in US history occurred.

And June, 1974 brought the worst heatwave in Arizona history.

Experts say the climate is getting hotter and more extreme, but they are lying.

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12 Responses to March 8, 1974

  1. Frank K. says:

    Our forecast for Saturday (western New Hampshire): High of 14F, winds 10-20 mph, Low of 1 F. Where is Spring????

    • Gail Combs says:

      I still have a photo of a yard stick stuck in the snow that fell overnight one May in southern New Hampshire during the mid 1980s IIRC it was 19 inches since it was up to the hood of my VW Rabbit Pkup

      • Disillusioned says:

        I had a VW Rabbit Pickup also in the 1980s. I loved that zippy little vehicle. I had a topper on mine, and ladder racks. Never had any problems with it, and it was amazing what I could haul in that little truck. I would empty the bed of work paraphernalia and take it fishing on weekends, with fishing poles on top and sleeping bags, etc., in the back. It made for a perfect tent, off the ground. It could pour down rain, and I’d be perfectly dry inside that covered little truck bed (loud though, as the rain hit the aluminum roof of that topper). Pleasant memories.

        • Gail Combs says:

          I had mine fitted with a top too and weather sealed it with caulking to make it completely rain tight. I bought a big sheet of closed cell foam that hikers used and lined the entire bed and then put a tight weave easily cleaned carpet on top of that. It insulated the floor and made it a nice bed for sleeping.

          We used it for going caving on the weekends. I could easily fit 5 people plus gear into it and it made for very cheap trips down to the Virginias.

          BOY did I love that little truck! It was a five spd manual and got 50 mpg on long trips.

          We could even take it 4 wheeling thanks to the front wheel drive. It was so light we could easily push it if it got stuck.

  2. Andy DC says:

    How did that beautiful, widespread 60-80 degree weather endanger us humans as species?

  3. Colorado Wellington says:

    I was trying to explain the temperature record to a Boulder Progressive last year and this is what she said:

    “Well, maybe in the past it was hotter than today, but now it’s much hotter.”

    • Gail Combs says:

      Sounds like Lefty illogic. All that matters is how you FEEEEeeeeel

    • RAH says:

      IOW, don’t challenge my beliefs even though I have no idea why I have them, I must keep them or my ex-friends will stick “kick me” signs on my back or lock me in a locker or say I have cooties or something. Besides I saw it on TV so it must be true!

  4. AndyG55 says:

    Hi, can one of you America’s help please with “Pulling Back the Curtains”

    I need a rural site as close to Washington DC as possible, from 1921 to 2016

    I found Lincoln, which shows a deep cooling trend recently, but I don’t know if it geographically similar.

    Its about this tread at No tricks….

    • Andy DC says:

      Andy, you might want to check Laurel, MD, which is about half way between Washington and Baltimore. Only problem is that Laurel used to be a very small rural town but is now part of suburban sprawl, at least in the downtown section.

      If I knew exactly where the station is located, I could check that out for you.


      • AndyG55 says:

        Was hoping TH would be able to find some other stats that show cooling in the Washington DC area, without the UHI effect of the little town itself. :-)

    • tonyheller says:

      I used to live pretty close to Lincoln, Virginia on the Maryland side of the River. It was a 40 minute train ride from the US Capitol. Lincoln is the closest rural site to DC.

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