August 12, 1936 : Hottest Day On Record In Texas And Oklahoma

August 12, 1936 was the hottest day on record in Texas and Oklahoma. at 120 degrees.  It was 119 in Kansas that day, and 111 in Nebraska and Missouri.  Oklahoma hit 120 degrees on four days that summer.

On this date in 1944, almost the entire US was over 90 degrees, with 100 degree temperatures from Washington state to Maine.

There was also a big heatwave in the central plains on this date in 1913 – the year California set the world’s record temperature of 134 degrees..

August 12th afternoon temperatures have plummeted in the US over the past century, as has the frequency of hot days.

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10 Responses to August 12, 1936 : Hottest Day On Record In Texas And Oklahoma

  1. Johansen says:

    Amazing stuff… How do you even move at 120+ degrees?

  2. Robert Forest says:

    Todays LA Times, California section has a Steve Lopez article titled
    “Ignore the Deniers; this summer is a wake-up call”
    The reality is this spring will be a dazzling display of wild flowers in all the burn areas, California in particular. These flowers have established seed banks waiting for this opportunity. Picture is Sticky Phacelia in a side canyon of Matilija Creek inland from Ventura. The Thomas Fire burned back the canyon tree cover and hillside scrub, letting the sunlight in. Natural cycle here in California.

    • tonyheller says:

      How can people “ignore” points of view which the LA Times has been censoring for years?

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        Yeah, but we know that Russian solar physicists meddled in progressive American and UK climate science. Even well-insulated LA Times readers may have been misled, fooled and hoodwinked by these Putin agents.


        Climate change sceptics bet $10,000 on cooler world

        Russian pair challenge UK expert over global warming

        The Russian solar physicists Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev have agreed the wager with a British climate expert, James Annan.

        The pair, based in Irkutsk, at the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, believe that global temperatures are driven more by changes in the sun’s activity than by the emission of greenhouse gases. They say the Earth warms and cools in response to changes in the number and size of sunspots. Most mainstream scientists dismiss the idea, but as the sun is expected to enter a less active phase over the next few decades the Russian duo are confident they will see a drop in global temperatures.

        Where did they get so much money to wager, anyway?

  3. MG says:

    These maps showing the temperatures are powerful and compelling. I grew up in St. Louis (notoriously miserable summer weather) so I’m always zeroing in on the MidWest. Couple of thoughts about making the maps easier to read.

    I think you should get rid of the satellite image type. All the green land and blue water color clutters the picture. Instead use a simplified map image showing just the outline of each state overlaid with the colored station data.

    Also, the station names and temps should be squeezed together as they currently often overwrite other names and data, or you find the station name in the wrong state. For example Lockwood, MO station has Lockwood in Kansas and the :107 temp in Eastern part of Missouri. Instead of Enid………… :118, it should be Enid:118. Get rid of the white space.

  4. AndyDC says:

    Very few people living today have any conception of what 1930’s heat was like.

  5. TA says:

    1936 holds the record for the hottest summer in Oklahoma history (1907 to present) with 65 days over 100 degrees, and over 30 days in a row over 100 degrees, and as the article says, four of those days were 120 degrees F. That’s hot, baby, no matter how you slice it! :)

    Compared to today, summer is a walk in the park in Oklahoma, especially this year which is a very mild, wet year. We are expecting rain for the next week. We used to hardly ever get rain in July and August around here, but this year it has rained in both months. Love it! More CAGW please!

    We are not even close to having the extreme weather that we had in the 1930’s. Any reasonable person could see this. NASA and NOAA claiming the current decade is the hottest ever is a joke. A bad, expensive joke.

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