July 8, 1876 – 110 Degrees In New Jersey

On July 8, 1876 it was 110 degrees in New Jersey, and hundreds of infants died in New York.

TimesMachine: July 9, 1876 – NYTimes.com

Sixty years later on July 9, 1936 – it was 115 degrees in Times Square, and Jesse Owens was jumping 26 feet.

TimesMachine: Friday July 10, 1936 – NYTimes.com

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8 Responses to July 8, 1876 – 110 Degrees In New Jersey

  1. Psalmon says:

    This is what New York NWS tweeted out this morning…Nobody reports temperature anymore…90 is the new 120.


  2. DCA says:

    In the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Louis Zamperini recounts how incredibly hot it was during Olympic trials in New York City in the summer of 1936.

    In some of the Little House On The Prairie books, 100+ degree temperatures are mentioned in the 1880s.

    We are such wimps by comparison today.

  3. McLovin' says:

    Hey Tony,
    Another solid piece – thanks. I’d love to see you calculate the heat index for the past heat waves (if possible) to counter the shite that TWC and others are now pulling, whereby they put up maps with temps of 100+ and only in the fine print does it tell you that the numbers aren’t the actual temp, but the heat index. I’d have to imaging that these historical heat waves must have heat indexes that are mind blowing.

  4. Feral says:

    Came here thinking this would be about climate but it’s all about weather.

  5. Brian D says:

    Nothing unusual here. Good long term records available that show July gets really warm from time to time. The first half of the record saw some toasty ones.

  6. David of Aussie says:

    The same media re-conditioning to hot weather is now common in Australia. For a heat wave to be declared it use to be 4 or 5 days over 40 deg C (100 deg F). Now it only needs to be one day (some times less than a day) over 30 deg C.

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