Extreme Weather of 1976-1977

On July 31, 1976 – Colorado had one of the deadliest floods in US history.

Pakistan was also having massive floods.

The Telegraph-Herald – Google News Archive Search

England was having their worst heatwave and drought on record. Summer maximum temperatures were nearly 5°F warmer than this summer.

Schenectady Gazette – Google News Archive Search

Pine Beetles were on a rampage in Oregon.

The Milwaukee Journal – Google News Archive Search

By December, Colorado was having our worst drought and ski season on record. There was no snow at Vail.

Ocala Star-Banner – Google News Archive Search

But it was snowing in Miami.

20 Jan 1977, Page 3 – Valley News

Lakeland Ledger – Google News Archive Search

Alaska was warmer in Florida.

19 Jan 1977, Page 20 – The Town Talk at Newspapers.com

National Geographic described it as “The Year the Weather Went Wild.”

The National Geographic Archive | December 1977 | page 1

Jerry Brown declared a drought disaster in California.

Brown Warns of Drought Disaster; Says ‘Hard Choices’ Face California – The New York Times

The extreme weather was blamed on a very wavy jet stream.

25 May 1983, Page 29 – Stevens Point Journal at Newspapers.com

Which was blamed on global cooling

Science News March 1, 1975

Scientists now blame the same weather pattern on global warming.

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10 Responses to Extreme Weather of 1976-1977

  1. Sean says:

    Solar minimum.

  2. Steve Keohane says:

    Lived in Loveland in ’76, hauled lumber for a living. Got to come down the canyon a couple of days after the flood. The damage was unbelievable. Cars were 8″ thick, having been pounded by boulders. Whole sections of asphalt, 2 lanes by 50′ picked up and set down elsewhere. Piles of 4-6′ boulders intertwined with 50′ trees filled the inside corner of every turn in the Big Thompson. There was awater pipe 4-6′ in diameter at the mouth of the canyon, maybe 25-30′ above the roadway. It was taken out by a house on the wave that came down the canyon.

  3. John says:

    Living in the English Midlands in 1976. Reservoirs dried up, revealing flooded villages. Standpipes in the street for water. Three months without rain. Temperatures that have still to be overtaken.

  4. Robert says:

    It is often forgotten that although 1976 was the hottest summer for some time in England the summer of 1975 was also hot. The first cricket world cup took place in 1975 but the county championship was also taking place that season.

    I leave this post to explain what happened at the ‘height’ of the cricket season. Note the temperatures are in real measures and unadjusted.

  5. Robert says:

    It is often forgotten that although 1976 was the hottest summer for some time in England the summer of 1975 was also hot. The first cricket world cup took place in 1975 but the county championship was also taking place that season.

    I leave this post to explain what happened at the ‘height’ of the cricket season. Note the temperatures are in real measures and unadjusted.
    It is often forgotten that although 1976 was the hottest summer for some time in England the summer of 1975 was also hot. The first cricket world cup took place in 1975 but the county championship was also taking place that season.

    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22539954/snow-stopped-play

    • Phil. says:

      I remember it well I was in Buxton that day and had planned to go to the match that afternoon! By lunchtime we had a couple of inches of snow, two weeks later we had hot weather and the drought started and lasted until the fall of the next year.

  6. Clark says:

    Congressmen and women threatening climate warming is liken to weathermen and women predicting weather. Both are never called into account for their misses. No accountability!!

    • Disillusioned says:

      Clark,
      Good post. You and I were on the same page, thinking and typing similar thoughts at the same time. These repeating cyclical weather patterns destroy the CAGW cult.

  7. Disillusioned says:

    Since this meridional circulation pattern is now blamed for man-made global warming – which same was said to be caused by global cooling 40 years ago – they have a yuge credibility problem on just this alone. This, in addition to the myriad other inconsistencies in the constantly changing CAGW scam, which seems to change with… wait for it…

    ..the weather.

  8. spangled drongo says:

    Thanks for the observations, Tony.

    Where I live on the east coast of Australia, we had a huge climate shift in 1976. After a lifetime of getting half a dozen cyclones a year crossing the coast and giving us larry dooley, we haven’t really had one since. That’s a long time.

    I noticed a big change in the weather patterns and wind strengths and as I was building an offshore racing boat for a big international series in Hawaii at the time, I optimised the design and handicap rating to take full advantage of this light wind climate shift, much to the disgust of the designer who knew from past experience what to expect and told me I was making a mistake.

    However it turned out to be right and we won every race in the series.

    In our neck of the woods that big shift has not reverted to the way it was prior to ’76 and ocean-front homes on today’s magnificent beach fronts that were being washed away in those days are now being sold for multi-millions.

    I can never reconcile that overnight change with slowly progressive ACO2 increases.

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