On this date in 1896, the eastern US was experiencing an ongoing amazing heat wave. Almost the entire eastern US was over 80 degrees, and much of it was over 90 degrees. Selinsgrove, PA was 93 degrees, almost 40 degrees warmer than today’s forecast.
The hottest place in the country was Paris, Illinois – which reached 99 degrees. The three hottest May 11ths at Paris, Illinois were 1896, 1916 and 1922.
Almost 19% of USHCN stations reached 90 degrees on May 11, 1896.
There were also big heatwaves on this date in 1963, 1962 and 1916. The 1963 heatwave brought temperatures of 102 degrees to Kansas.
If heatwaves like this happened now, climate experts would say that they were 99% certain it was due to man-made CO2, and that government action is required. This is because they aren’t scientists and don’t follow any legitimate scientific method.