Improving Climate Of The The Northeastern US

The climate of the Northeastern US has improved dramatically since 1970.

Few people remember this, but prior to 1970 the Northeast was in drought most of the time, with the 1960’s being the driest. During the 1960’s the Northeastern US was in drought eight out of ten years.

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

I remember visiting my grandparents in new York during the summer of 1965, and they wouldn’t give you water in restaurants. We had drink soft drinks.

02 Jun 1965, 44 – The Press Democrat

The Northeast has very few forest fires now, but they were quite common prior to 1970.

27 Oct 1963, Page 24 – The Courier-Journal

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11 Responses to Improving Climate Of The The Northeastern US

  1. Bloke down the pub says:

    That’s despite the parcity of land-falling hurricanes in recent years.

    • RAH says:

      This season is beginning to look like there is a pretty good chance that our lucky streak of over 10 years without a major hurricane striking the lower 48 will end.

    • RAH says:

      Joe Bastardi explains in part why Weatherbell has undated their 2017 hurricane season forecast to show a more active season now than they originally forecast. Scroll down and you’ll find todays daily update video that is free:

  2. RAH says:

    This active tornado season is not slowing down at all. This is the NOAA outlook for tomorrow and if Joe Bastardi is right this will be worse than they have forecast right now.

  3. Norilsk says:

    Drought? Here in Ontario they’re getting ready to hand out the life preservers (sarcasm). Record rainfall and record high water levels in Lake Ontario. Toronto Airport has had 127 mm of rain so far this month. The average for May is about 74 mm. Below average temperatures, too. Signs of a cooling world.

    • RAH says:

      Cooler air up there in Ontario and Quebec and in the NE US results in higher than average pressures and that is part of the mix which is making strikes on the US by hurricanes more likely this year than they have been for the last several. This despite generally declining SSTs along the gulf and SE coasts and the likely hood of a weak Modoki El Nino developing later this year.

  4. GW says:

    It would be quite interesting to see if there are any correlations of the drought with the phases/strength of the AMO and PDO.

  5. Andy DC says:

    I remember all too well the garden dying every summer during that 1960’s drought in Maryland. But it made for some awesomely long drives on the non-irrigated, baked out golf courses back then. It is like the ball would never stop rolling. Holding the greens back then was nearly impossible, unless you landed 30 yards short and had it roll on just right. I guess a lot like British golf when they have a drought.

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