The Low CO2 Climate Of 1884

This week in 1884, one of the worst tornado outbreaks, snowstorms and floods on record hit the US. There was flooding from Southern California to the Ohio Valley, and tornadoes from Illinois to Alabama and Texas.

Enigma tornado outbreak – Wikipedia

20 Feb 1884, 7 – St. Louis Globe-Democrat at

20 Feb 1884, Page 2 – The Somerset Herald at

20 Feb 1884, Page 2 – The Morning Democrat at

20 Feb 1884, 1 – Vernon County Censor at

20 Feb 1884, Page 5 – The Inter Ocean at

The 1880’s was also the worst decade on record for US hurricanes.

On August 20, 1886 the city of Indianola, Texas was wiped off the map by a hurricane.

That year was the most active hurricane season in US history, with seven hurricanes making landfall.

26 Aug 1886, Page 1 – The Austin Weekly Statesman at

More hurricanes hit the US in 1886 than during Obama’s entire presidency.

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14 Responses to The Low CO2 Climate Of 1884

  1. czechlist says:

    Meh, it’s just history and there is no one alive who remembers it happening.
    Like the Holocaust and Armenia and slavery anywhere other than in the US it is inconvenient in the present political climate (puns intended) so it must be ignored. Today, history begins with one’s own consciousness and climate is what an individual remembers -I recall a cartoon of a father walking through knee deep snow telling his toddler son ” this is nothing, when I was your age the snow was waist deep”.

    • Emslander says:

      Speaking of history, read any history of the American Civil War and note that nearly every encounter in battle was accompanied by excessive rainstorms and unprecedented flooding. Some people say it was the firing of gunpowder into the local atmosphere, which allowed for the formation of clouds and precipitation. Just saying.

    • plusafdotcom says:

      czechlist, when you post things like that, you really should add “/sarc” or “jk” at the end.

      YOUR Personal history begins today? So none of your memories of time before “now” are valid?

      Newpaper accounts from decades or hundred years ago are ALL “fake news”???

      Well, I’m glad there’s no chance I will every have an opportunity to hire you or anyone with similar cognitive and logic skills.


      Enjoy… oh, wait… you won’t read any of that, since virtually all of it is in disagreement with your assertions, beliefs and opinions… all the earmarks of a Cult Member.
      [not sarc…]

  2. frank meccia says:

    And yet, the climate scientist never want to say anything about the past. Weather is a cycle, I believe that.. Unfortunately, we were not reporting or keeping records prior to the 1840.

  3. John F. Hultquist says:

    Living on the Gulf Coast can be hazardous, though not so much as living in Baltimore, Chicago, NYC, and similar places.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    These storms take warmth and moisture from the tropics and deliver to the mid-latitudes. When a major outbreak happens, such as in 1884, there ought to be interesting things going on elsewhere. Europe and/or North Africa maybe.
    Last night the temp went to 7° at Cleveland and 41° at Tallahassee.
    This is severe weather awareness week in Alabama and all they are expecting is “a chance of showers.” Better luck next year.

    • John F. Hultquist says:

      As ‘rah’ notes below, in 1884 it was a tornado outbreak.
      The storms of 1886 — last map — were hurricanes.

      Interesting comment, too, about the next 2 weeks.
      We here in the left State of Washington are expected
      to warm up to “Climate Normals.” How exciting is that!?

  4. rah says:

    This is timely. The US, European, and Canadian long range weather models are all predicting conditions for the end of Feb. well into March that are conducive for stormy, violent weather and flooding over a large swath of the central and eastern US.

    I find it ironic that though 1884 was one of the worst years for weather disasters in US history there was not a single hurricane that made landfall on the 48 states that year.

    • plusafdotcom says:

      Around 1950, when I was five years old, in northern NJ where I lived, nearly all the ‘normal winters’ had regular snowfalls about once a month of about 8-12″.

      Around 1973, in my new house in NW NJ, weekly storms EVERY Thursday night in January made it impossible to get out of my driveway before about 2pm every Friday. Fridays were exhausting to me, but they turned all the weekends into 2.5-day recovery periods.

      Oh, and around that year, the local temperatures didn’t go above freezing for two months, and for one of those months, the temperature didn’t go above ZERO.

      In a time when SUVs, fracking and all that crap was unknown.

  5. Tel says:

    Around 1975 was an unusually quiet period for US hurricanes, so what you will find is that most of the Global Warming advocates will start their charts somewhere in the 1970’s or 1980 so if gets a nice upward trend.

    There’s an example.

    • plusafdotcom says:

      Likewise, lies about recent hurricanes being more powerful starting around the end of last century are bogus, too…
      From my Global Warming? page…

      Lies the Warmites have told us.

      • Tel says:

        From your page:

        During the 17th century, however, hurricane activity on Long Island virtually shut down. Only one or two storms hit the island.

        What could have caused this hiatus in hurricane activity that lasted almost a century? We are still trying to puzzle that out.

        There was the “Maunder Minimum” from approx 1650 to 1700. That might explain it.

        I might point out that Solar Cycle number 20 was a weak one that just happened to coincide neatly with the quiet period of US hurricanes in the 1970’s that I mentioned above.

        If that wasn’t coincidence enough, Solar Cycle 25 was another weak one corresponding to the lack of hurricanes during the Obama Presidency.

  6. John Culhane says:

    Mr. Heller,

    You need to take a vacation. In fact you could back to the future and see what the climate research unit in the UK claimed was in store for tourists in 2020 way back in 1999.

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