1913 : “The Greatest Cataclysm In American History”

I knew that 1913 was bad, but I had no idea how bad it was before this evening. Record heat, floods and tornadoes wreaked devastation across the US. It would require an entire book to document it. So I am going to list a few things in no particular order. This web page has an excellent compilation.

The world’s record temperature of 134F was set in California on July 10, 1913.


From August 1 to September 7, 1913 Nebraska was over 100 degrees every day but one.

On this date in 1913, it was 111 degrees in Nebraska.


03 Jul 1913, Page 2 – The Logan Republican at Newspapers.com

Omaha was devastated by a tornado earlier in the year.


Easter Sunday brought tornadoes from coast to coast.

The true story of our national calamity of flood, fire and tornado … – Logan Marshall – Google Books

The worst flooding in Ohio history also occurred in 1913.

Kansas had their “worst drought in history”

18 Aug 1913 – DROUGHT IN KANSAS. – Trove

As did the worst flooding in Texas history. This picture was taken near where I bought my first house – in Richmond, Texas. The flood crest was 56 feet on December 11, 1913.

09 Dec 1913, 3 – The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com

28 Mar 1913, 6 – The Baltimore Sun at Newspapers.com

27 Mar 1913, Page 1 – The Washington Post at Newspapers.com

27 Mar 1913, Page 1 – Harrisburg Telegraph at Newspapers.com

24 Mar 1913, 1 – Evening Times-Republican at Newspapers.com

25 Mar 1913, Page 5 – Reading Times at Newspapers.com

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