The Improving Climate Of The Northeast US

From 1900 to 1970, the Northeast US was in drought most of the time, and was plagued with large forest fires. But since 1970, the Northeast has been wet and has had very little drought.

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

During the 1960s drought, huge areas of forest were burning.

16 Apr 1964, 23 – The Item of Millburn and Short Hills at

You don’t see headlines like this one from 1947 any more.

22 Oct 1947, Page 1 – Nashua Telegraph at

Nearly one-half of Maine’s Acadia National Park burned that year.

02 Nov 1947, 1 – The Boston Globe at

Fires destroyed nine towns in Maine.

The Year a State Burned: Maine Fires of 1947 Wipe Out 9 Towns – New England Historical Society

An 1825 fire burned 2.5 million acres of New Brunswick in nine hours.

19 Sep 1908 – Historic Forest Fires. – Trove

New York City nearly ran out of water in the 1960s.

29 Jun 1965, Page 1 – The Ottawa Journal at

08 Aug 1965, Page 1 – The Ogden Standard-Examiner at

The Northeast used to get terrible heatwaves, but they are much less common now – with recent years among the least hot on record.

1896 Heatwave

The 1901 heatwave killed thousands of people. The Northeast US was over 90 degrees every day except two from June 22 to July 31 that year, peaking at 107 degrees on July 2 at York, PA.

The 1911 heatwave killed thousands of people in New England and across the country.

May, 1911 brought precedent 100 degree temperatures to Maine and Quebec. May 22, 1911 brought the hottest May temperatures ever recorded in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

23 May 1911, Page 1 – Pittsburgh Daily Post at

22 May 1911, Page 1 – The Sydney Morning Herald at

This was followed by the hottest July 4th on record in the US, during a two week heatwave which killed thousands of people in New England. July 3rd, 1911 was the hottest day on record in New Hampshire.  July 4th, 1911 was the hottest day on record in Massachusetts and Vermont, and July 10, 1911 was the hottest day on record in Maine.

04 Jul 1911, Page 1 – The Scranton Republican

The 1911 Heat Wave Was So Deadly It Drove People Insane – New England Historical Society

July 4th. 1911 was the hottest on record in the US.

And Europe had a seventy day long heatwave which killed tens of thousands of people.

En 1911, Paris suffoquait déjà sous la canicule – Le Parisien

London was 100 degrees on August 9, 1911.

29 Aug 1930 – DEATHS REPORTED. – Trove

More than a thousand people died in Germany.

11 Aug 1911 – TERRIBLE HEAT WAVE. – Trove

New England hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in 65 years, but in 1954 they were hit by two in two weeks.

11 Sep 1954, Page 1 – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

The 1938 New England Hurricane, narrowly missed Manhattan and was the most damaging storm on record in New England.

Providence, RI  September 1938

This is what Providence looked like in the 1815 New England Hurricane

In 1635, a major hurricane in new England produced a 21 foot storm surge, and pilgrims were convinced the apocalypse was imminent.

23 Nov 2006, Page 31 – The Salina Journal at

Climate alarmism has no basis in science or history. The head of the World Meteorological Organization implies that climate alarmists are terrorists, while he simultaneously panders to the same mentality which created the climate terrorism movement.

“While climate skepticism has become less of an issue, now we are being challenged from the other side. Climate experts have been attacked by these people and they claim that we should be much more radical. They are doomsters and extremists; they make threats,” Taalas said.

“It is not going to be the end of the world. The world is just becoming more challenging. In parts of the globe, living conditions are becoming worse, but people have survived in harsh conditions.”

Chief of World Meteorological Organization Castigates Climate Alarmists

All indications are that life is becoming less challenging around the world.

Natural Disasters – Our World in Data

In 1974, climatologists wanted to evacuate six million people from Africa to save them from global cooling.

Lakeland Ledger – Google News Archive Search

Climatologists like NASA’s James Hansen created this mess with their data tampering and lies.  They seem to want to have it both ways. There is no indication that the climate is becoming more severe, and every reason to believe that a warmer climate is better for humans.

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20 Responses to The Improving Climate Of The Northeast US

  1. rah says:

    With a developing La Nina and the return of the blob the NE should have another wet winter this year.

  2. Klaus says:

    Trump should abandon or take USA out of UNFCCC. It is due time.

  3. arn says:

    The good ol” times when CO2 did climate change and disruption before it even was released into the atmosphere
    and did it in such a devastating way that made “scientists” eventually predict the coming ice age.

  4. Norilsk says:

    Yesterday, I was at a local public meeting for the Green Party candidate. Tony’s postings were invauable in bringing her up to speed. The more and more intense storm issue came up. She thought Dorion was a global warming storm that intensified before hitting Nova Scatia because of the global warmed water. I pointed out that it had in fact dropped to a post-tropical cyclone and that Hurricane Ginny was the worst and made landfall at category 2 in 1963.

  5. Russell Williams says:

    Again, the decrease in global natural disaster deaths is from better warnings, and technology. For example take the 1931 and 1998 china floods. The 1931 floods killed 422,499 to 4,000,000 people. The 1998 floods killed 3,704 to 4,150 people The storm systems that caused the flooding over the period of months in both floods accumulated similar rainfall totals, and similar areas affected. What i mean is that (some not all) modern day weather events would have been much worse if it wasn’t for better technology. In the case of floods stronger, and higher dikes and levees.

    • Ari says:

      This also implies that EVEN IF the climate will become more extreme in the future we as humanity will always get better at handling it. Alarmists should stop calling it “existential crises” even if they believe there is AGW.

  6. GW Smith says:

    The alarmists are betting no one will check their data, and if so that their followers will not be able to understand it. Ignorance is their best friend.

  7. Gator says:

    Nova Scatia? Is that what the haters are calling it now? ;-)

  8. Phil. says:

    From 1900 to 1970, the Northeast US was in drought most of the time, and was plagued with large forest fires. But since 1970, the Northeast has been wet and has had very little drought.

    Perhaps due to the return of the forests since 1900 following the abandonment of agricultural land?

  9. John F. Hultquist says:

    Wow. What interesting news items.

    I liked the headline where they used “tide” rather than “wave” to describe the event. That is, a “nation in throes of heat tide.” (in the Trib-Repb of Scranton)
    I’ve seen newspapers use “white stuff” – meaning snow – after they are up to their arm pits in it. This must be the same sort of “think of a new way” of saying it.

    The photo of Providence in flood (1938) with the cars up to their hoods is enough to make one cry. Likely some salt in that water but one would need to know if it is storm surge, or coming from rain up slope. [Father-in-law left a 1935 Ford, and we had it until the late 1970s. Battery was under the floor in a ‘battery box’ rather than in a tray, as now.]

  10. Robertv says:

    Also in spain the dry south has seen a lot of water these days. Maybe now they understand why the normally dry riverbeds are so wide.

  11. Taphonomic says:

    Tony, another old time large, deadly fire of note was the Peshtigo WI fire of 1871. Never got a lot of press because the Chicago Fire happened at the same time. But Peshtigo was more deadly with 1500 deaths.

  12. Bob Hoye says:

    Good assembly of old “Horror Stories” and the headlines and photos make them real.
    No one can argue against them.
    The problem is getting out to the liberal mob.
    I find it interesting to check the surface temps of the Great Lakes.
    That for Lake Superior, to use a market term, has broken down at 52.
    For today –51.7.
    Same date last year–58.7.
    And fir 2017–55.9.

  13. Mark Amey says:

    Meanwhile our Australian Greens are demanding the Federal government declare a ‘climate emergency ‘ after the bushfires in Queensland. The Police had a different take on the whole thing, yesterday afternoon charging two teenagers with arson.

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