Extreme Weather In 1935

Most people think of 1935 as being the Dust Bowl.

But 1935 also had record precipitation and hurricanes. On May 31, 1935 Woodward Ranch, Texas set the world record with 22 inches of rain in less than three hours.

Colorado got nearly that much rain a few hours earlier.

Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book – Christopher C. Burt – Google Books

Labor Day, 1935 brought the most intense hurricane on record in the US. The Category 5 winds actually blew a train 30 feet of the tracks in the Florida keys.

CO2 was below 310 PPM at the time. There is zero evidence that CO2 increases severe weather, but since when does the left care about facts or evidence?

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2 Responses to Extreme Weather In 1935

  1. spren says:

    While it wasn’t a record, my wife’s hometown of Johnstown, PA got 14″ of rain in less than 3 hours back in July 1977. This town with mountains surrounding valley boroughs was completely inundated. A dam broke and the flood waters coming off the hills and from the broken dam killed over 80 people. Entire streets were torn bare all the way down to bedrock and the concrete sidewalks were stacked in piles just like a forklift had done it. My wife’s parents lived on the high side of Sam’s creek and they were spared. The houses on the other side of the creek were torn off of their foundations.

    My wife and I had been camping in the Allegheny Forest the day before the flood. As we were driving home, we saw plumes of water vapor evaporating from the Allegheny River near Kinzua Dam. It was startling. As we got closer to home and approaching Kittaning PA, the roads were so dry dust was coming into the air. Along the road we were stunned to see cats just standing and staring beside us and we thought something was going on . Once we passed through the town, we were hit by cloud bursts so ferocious I was afraid our car was going to be swept off the road. I’ve never seen anything like that and was frightened for the very first time while driving my car.
    When we got to our apartment outside of Pittsburgh, we heard that Johnstown had been hit with devastating floods. We went there the next day to check on her parents and knew of back roads into the area because all of the main roads were closed. When you see the power of what unbridled torrents of water can do it really is shocking.

    Right after that we bought our first house, and with that house and each succeeding one we’ve owned, we always made it a point to look at flood maps and to find the highest points available.

  2. Norilsk says:

    I heard a weather forecaster in Toronto say you could see Hurricane Harvey from space.

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