The Leadbeater’s Possum was presumed to be extinct in the early part of the 20th century. It requires young Mountain Ash forest to feed. But the massive fires of January 13, 1939 cleared out the old growth forest and was replaced with the young forest which the possums need. By 1990, the possum’s numbers may have been at a record high, but decades of fire suppression put them at risk again.
From September 1 to October 9, 1939 – Madison, Indiana afternoons averaged 95 degrees, had thirty-one days over 90 degrees, and eleven days over 100 degrees. On October 8, 1939 is was 100 degrees in Indiana.
September/October afternoon temperatures have dropped more than five degrees over the last century at Madison, Indiana.
The heatwave was coast to coast.
Arctic winter temperatures warmed 16 degrees from 1910 to 1939.
The glaciers of Greenland and Norway were facing catastrophic collapse.
Shade temperatures at Tea Tree Well, Australia were over 130 degrees for days during the summer of 1939.