The Incredible Heatwave Of August, 1918

The Midwest had twenty-five days over 100 degrees during August, 1918.

Temperatures topped out at 113 degrees at Clarinda, Iowa on August 4, 1918.

However, Americans were too busy winning WWI to worry about the weather much.

04 Aug 1918, 1 – St. Joseph News-Press/Gazette at

This year, the Midwest has had no days over 100 degrees.

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5 Responses to The Incredible Heatwave Of August, 1918

  1. Bob Hoye says:

    This is as good a place as any for this point.
    According to the DMI, the Greenland Surface Mass Balance has recorded, since early June, some extraordinary swings. The most recent decline is almost off the chart.
    So to speak.
    Must be a hot high pressure area hanging around.

  2. griff says:

    Still no update on the incredible European heatwaves of 2019, I see.

    • Joel says:

      Your record player is skipping again. Try giving it a little tap…

    • Gator says:

      There was no incredible heat wave in Europe. There was something called “Summer”, that was exacerbated by massive UHI effects.

      Why do you hate poor brown people so very much?

      The term “heat island” describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C). Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water pollution.

      How much did your alarmist fiends adjust their temps down for UHI?

    • rah says:

      I’m enjoying nice summer weather. Now relatively cool for this time of year in central Indiana. In fact the heartland of the US is forecast to be cooler than average for most the rest of August. Meanwhile the MDR for hurricanes in the Atlantic is covered in dusty, dry, subsiding air and thus the formation of a strong tropical cyclone from that area is unlikely. So as Griff, and Phil, and Mr. Sir obsess over Western Europe being warmer than usual, we who have lives drive on and take care of business.

      Today I pick up a new Cub Cadet ZT150 zero turn mower. My Craftsman lawn tractor after 19+ years of great service is starting to have various parts failures though the 22 hp Kohler engine is still going strong. So I have taken the mower deck off it and am replacing some pulleys. I will leave the mower dock off it and just use it for pulling a wagon, sprayer, or lawn sweeper from now on unless I need it for mowing in an emergecny. The zero turn mower should cut my mowing time from almost 2 hours to about 1/2 hour and leave me more time to do other stuff.

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