1936 : Twenty-One Straight Days Over 100F

During the three weeks from August 8-28, 1936, Clinton, Missouri was over 100F every day, including ten days over 110F. The average maximum temperature was 109F.


Temperatures have been plummeting since the 19th century, with this year (AKA “hottest year ever”) averaging more than twenty degrees cooler than 1936.  The only other year which came close to 1936 was 1913.

August temperatures were much hotter when CO2 was close to pre-industrial levels.

On this date in 1936, there were 100 degree temperatures from California to Pennsylvania. Seven states were over 110 degrees, and 24 states were over 100 degrees.

The weather man said “something is wrong” with the weather.

23 Aug 1936, 1 – The Morning Chronicle at Newspapers.com

Weather like that is incomprehensible now to most Americans, which is what NASA and NOAA are counting on when they try to erase it.

NASA 1999    NASA 2019

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5 Responses to 1936 : Twenty-One Straight Days Over 100F

  1. NoBirdies says:

    I find these posts interesting, but can someone explain how the “adjusted” data is made? I understand that TOBs is one factor, but how is it done? Can you actually look up the data for each station (for example, this one in Clinton, MO) and what adjustments were made? Or is it just a blanket reduction of some number (I think I heard 1.8 degrees) for any station that reset in the afternoon?

    TH has made a few posts about this, but I have not found them to be totally comprehensive. This is really the key issue to him using the data as he does. Do the adjustments have validity, or is the data fine as-is?

    I know half the responses to this will be “libtards need to adjust the data to fit the narrative!!” and fine, go for it if that’s what you want to say. But I am genuinely curious about the methodology used to adjust the data, and what the “official” sources say about the adjustments.

    • NoBirdies – Yes, I would like to see more explanation about the process of adjustment. Fans of this blog may be able to point out some prior post that provides an explanation. If you click on the 1999 link in the post, you will get Hansen’s 1999 paper. The figure shown in the post is Figure 6 of the paper, and Hansen provides a very good summary of his own 1999 graph, which is basically identical to the many that TH has provided of the U.S. temperature record. Here Hansen’s description:

      Temperature change in the United States (Figure 6) and in the global mean (Figure 4) have some similarity, but they are not congruent. In particular, evidence for long-term warming this century is less convincing for the United States than it is for the globe. Of course, year-to-year variability is much larger for the United States, which represents only about 2% of the area of the
      world. The U.S. temperature increased by about 0.8°C between the 1880s and the 1930s, but it then fell by about 0.7°C between 1930 and the 1970s and regained only about 0.3°C of this between the 1970s and the 1990s. The year 1998 was the warmest year of recent decades in the United States, but in general, U.S. temperatures have not recovered even to the level that existed in the 1930s. This contrasts with global temperatures, which have climbed far above the levels of the first half of this century.

      So the point of the post, as I take it, is how in the world do we get from the graph Hansen used in 1999 to the one shown by NASA for 2019? Any help on that question appreciated. As I suggested, this may have an obvious answer for subscribers and fans of this blog.

  2. Bob Hoye says:

    Typpo–first sentence.
    Should be 1936.
    Otherwise the numbers provide a profound record.

  3. DCA says:

    The climate future that they fear is in the past.

  4. Andy says:

    Looking forward to yet to start Hurricane 2019 season comments on here.

    Always more fun than these US temp posts, which I find a bit dry ( pardon the pun).

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed !


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