May 1934 Heatwave In Germany

On this date in 1934, much of Germany was over 80F, about thirty degrees warmer than this week. There was a world-wide drought, the weather had gone “berserk,” ice was “dissolving” at the poles, and experts were predicting 40-50 feet of sea level rise.

Magdeburg, Germany 10-Day Forecast | Weather Underground

03 Feb 1934 – “WORLD HEATING UP.” – Trove

30 Dec 1934, Page 13 – The Los Angeles Times at

04 Jun 1934 – WORLD DROUGHT – Trove

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22 Responses to May 1934 Heatwave In Germany

  1. Johansen says:

    No one even knows this! There is pretty much complete ignorance of past heat, drought, storm damage, melting, and dire predictions

  2. Bob Hoye says:

    It is appropriate to review the temps in Germany in Fahrenheit.
    He had the common sense to determine the unit size to avoid fractions.
    Then the crazed socialist revolutionaries in France had to make everything “scientific”, according to their passions.
    The problem with Celsius is a very poor choice the basic unit of measure.
    Trust me, I’ve lived in Canada for a long time, which includes when we used the practical scale.

    • Stewart Pid says:

      Okay Bob … u are likely my age (just turned 65) and I have lived in Canada my entire life so what is the problem with celsius? Having a BSc I was used to working in C and found it no problem to make the switch. I can remember putting the little kilometre stickers on my cars speedometer at the time of the conversion but it wasn’t a big deal. It was a pain in the early 80’s when using old oil well logs from the imperial days and then seeming to due endless conversions to metric to standardize the data but hey they paid me to do it ;-)
      Temps in C don’t bug me at all so again what is the problem you encounter? Especially not a problem this past winter when the lows seemed all to close to -40 , eh!!

      • steve case says:

        Degrees F are smaller so the accuracy using just whole numbers is better. The zero point is lower so don’t you have to fool around with negative numbers as often. It’s really too bad that when absolute zero was determined that the whole world didn’t switch to Kelvin – big degrees an’ all.

        Is Canada laid out on the square mile like the U.S.? let me check Google earth. Yes it is, at least around Winnipeg. So exactly what was the sense in going to kilometers?

        Houses in the U.S. and no doubt Canada are built on 16″ centers. Going metric doesn’t make a lot of sense there either.

        Having said that, U.S. manufacturing would do themselves a favor to go metric for all the nuts and bolts. It is a genuine pain to have to have two sets of wrenches and other tools. And selling the stuff over seas is that much more difficult because of it.

        And the use of fractions 1/2″ 1/4 … 1/64″ on engineering prints is just nuts. I would love a tape measure marked in inches but divided decimally. Finding total when one measurement is in 1/16″ and the other in 0.001″ is a pain. After all, a micrometer is in tenths, hundredths and thousandths of an inch with a vernier reading out to four places. There are some shop steel rulers with tenths (0.01″) rather 1/8″ divisions.

        Most shops have one of those conversion charts on the wall. When you think about it, it’s really a dumb way to go about things.

        • rah says:

          When you work in a business that requires it, conversion between decimal and fractions becomes automatic very quickly. I grew up in the steel fabrication business had the conversions memorized before I was taught that stuff in school. I disagree about the system being “dumb”. Which system is best use just depends on the application for which they’re being used.

          As for miles verses Kilometers. Also a matter of application IMO. For example the US Army and USGS topo maps use the metric system. A grid square on a standard 1:50,000 or 1:30,000 topo map is one square kilometer. Navigating or locating points on those maps and transmitting that location is quite handy because metric system lends it’s self to such a system better than the statute system because your working in 10’s, 100’s etc…
          I guess one has to have had to DR navigate and have plotted using those maps, a compass, and a protractor to understand where I’m coming from. I imagine several of the posters here have due to service in the USMC or US Army in any of the combat arms branches, including Tony since he worked for the park service.
          For those that have no idea what I an referring to here is an example:

          • steve case says:

            The really sensible solution to navigation is the nautical mile, one minute of arc. Too bad that wasn’t done when the metric system was invented with all of its sound alike nomenclature. Liters and meters with all the two syllable prefixes most of which sound alike.

          • rah says:

            Even the artillery and combat engineers don’t use arc. They use mils.

        • Stewart Pid says:

          RE laid out on the square mile … western Canada is on the prairies. The east and BC aren’t although NE BC might be.I think RAH’s USGS maps were the equivalent of Canada’s NTS system and that is what is used up north and in the mountainous areas of BC although some places may be a miss mash of systems. I still don’t see Bob’s point of F vs C for temps since on a day to day basis u don’t need huge accuracy to know if you need to put on a sweater. We still liked to use barrels of oil when I retired and I would joke that it felt better to say u drilled a 1,000 barrel a day oil well than to say the well was producing 159 m3 (metres cubed) however we ran economics using metres cubed but many economic sheets would have both at the important parts. With all the craziness in the world today I ain’t going to lose sleep over metric / imperial measurements …. my favourite foolish one was furlongs per fortnight but F’en stones are batshit crazy too.

        • Crispin in Waterloo says:

          Steve Case

          Canada is not laid out on a square mile. It is based on “Concessions” which were 1.25 miles square (1 concession). That happens to be 2 kilometers so it is correct to say that Canada is laid out on a kilometer basis, though that is a fluke.

          The unit was actually 1000 acres, which is 1.25 x 1.25 miles. Later arrivals were given (under certain conditions about house building, road construction and until 1925, free maintenance of the road) half a concession, and later this was cut in again. Minus the road allowances, there are 6 farms per Concession in many places. Look at the rural roads in Southern Ontario to see the 2 km divisions running East-West, with 1 km spacing of the side roads N-S.

          Other divisions for surveyors were chains and rods (5.03m). It happens that a hectare is about 400 square rods.

      • Bob Hoye says:

        BSc. geophysics, age 82.
        Farhenheit to avoid the requirement of fractions to measure the temp range we usually experience was practical.
        And it still is practical. The radical frogs blew it completely with their “C” degrees.
        Perhaps the only mistake in their passion for a “scientific” system.
        It is best to be wary of authoritarians when motivated by what they consider as “science”.
        The Solar System revolved around the Vatican.
        In the 1500s, witches deliberately caused bad weather. Thousands were executed through legal process by highly-educated magistrates. This was based upon the best knowledge of the day.
        Lysenkoism was a state-approved “science” and it was pushed very hard.
        Then today’s radicals have the “science” of man-caused “Global Warming” and “Climate Change”.
        It would be simple and practical to have the metric crowd change the size of the unit.

        • Stewart Pid says:

          Ah!! A geophysicist that explains it …. I never worked with one who wasn’t nuttier than rat shit in a peanut factory ;-)

    • rah says:

      This Yank that drives a big truck in Canada some has his GPS set up so that it automatically changes to KPH and reads distances in Kilometer when I cross the border. As far as Fahrenheit vr. Celsius I agree.

    • GW Smith says:

      Exactly why Tony is providing such a great service to the world today!

  3. rah says:

    This is a recent post over at P. Gosselin’s site:
    “Data From German Mountain Stations Show Winters Have Been Getting COLDER Over Past 30 Years!”

  4. steve case says:

    OK, lets see if my post to Stew Pid shows up

  5. Brian D says:

    Pulled up this reanalysis for Germany. Average annual temp 1851-2014. Nothing to see here. All normal!

  6. John F. Hultquist says:

    I’d have to check (and don’t have time now), but I think 1934 was one of the weirdest weather — hot, cold, winds — years of the US Dust Bowl period. Probably it was from fall of ’33 through summer of ’35.

    At the International Meteorological Conference in Warsaw in 1933 the “Normal” definition base on 30 year intervals was recommended.
    There was a lot going on in the 1930s.

    • rah says:

      All I know is that on the rare occasions it got into the 80’s I really enjoyed seeing the Frauleins come out in their sun dresses or taking a trip down to the areas where sunbathing was the thing on the Isar.

    • Gator says:

      Thanks for that prime example of obfuscation, Andy. You guys sure are full of them!

      “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period!”

      “It would be good to remove at least part of the 1940s blip”

  7. tom0mason says:

    Yes Germany has had some warm periods but not a the moment. There’s an Arctic blast hitting Europe currently giving unseasonably cool May spring temperatures during the day and freeze cold nights. See

    Also in Germany I note …
    Sorry it’s a bit off topic but it is about German Green policies ….

    The DLR, German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany, has just publish a piece about green electricity generation (Windfarms) and flying insects.

    ” For 25 years, Franz Trieb has worked in the Energy Systems Analysis Department of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). …
    … Trieb: First, we conducted extensive research, collecting and evaluating existing scientific data. Based on this data, we created our own model calculation. On the one hand, this model calculation is based on an average insect density of around three creatures per 1000 cubic metres of air at the level of the wind turbine rotors. This figure was based on regular insect catches over Schleswig Holstein by entomologists between 1998 and 2004[2]. On the other hand, for our model calculation, we extrapolated the volumetric flow, that is, the ‘air throughput’ of all the wind farms in Germany. Here, there are around 30,000 wind turbines with a total rotor area of around 160 square kilometres, which with a nominal wind speed of 50 kilometres per hour reach an average of 1000 nominal full load hours during the insect flying season from April to October. By simply multiplying these numbers, we calculated a seasonal air flow rate of about eight million cubic kilometres – that is more than 10 times the total German airspace up to a height of two kilometres. If one multiplies the insect density and airflow rate, then around 24,000 billion airborne insects fly through the rotors in Germany each year. …

    So the German Greens enjoy flying but through their action will kill so many billions of flying insects.

  8. Tom Abbott says:

    Hansen said 1934 was the warmest year in recent history with 1934 being 0.5C warmer than 1998, and that makes 1934 0.4C warmer than 2016.

    Alarmists claim that the 1930’s were only the warmest years in the United States and that warmth did not apply to the rest of the world, but clearly, all we have to do is read a newspaper article or two from the time period to see that the Alarmists are wrong.

    Unmodified charts from all over the world show the 1930’s to be as warm or warmer than today. There is no unprecedented warmth today. It’s no warmer now than in the 1930’s when CO2 was not considered a significant factor.

    These facts destroy the CAGW claims that we are experiencing unprecedented warmth that can only be caused by our CO2.

    No, Mother Nature caused the 1930’s warmth, even according to the IPCC, and it is no warmer now than then, so Mother Nature could very well have been the cause of today’s warmth, too. Good Science would have to assume this is the case until evidence to the contrary is presented. No such contrary evidence has ever been presented to this very day.

    Bogus, bastardized Hockey Stick charts are not contrary evidence. They are only evidence of scientific fraud.

    And the Alarmists have no other “evidence” to show that we are experiencing unprecedented warming. All the historical evidence, including newspapers and unmodified temperture charts from around the world show the Hockey Sticks as the lies they are.

    The Climategate Charlatans can tamper with the temperature data but they have a much harder time rewriting old newspaper articles. Bad for them, good for us.

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