New Tab For Readers To Post Historical References

A lot of people have been sending over historic newspaper links (thanks!) so I added a new tab for that. Please post them there so that they don’t get lost.

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8 Responses to New Tab For Readers To Post Historical References

  1. Latitude says:

    What someone needs to do is archive all the ones posted so far, so they don’t get lost either…………

  2. Douglas Hoyt says:

    I have a 442 page compilation of notable weather events going back to about 200 AD. many are much worse than anything seen in the last 100 years.

  3. bubbagyro says:


    Can we get the birds’-eye low-down on what happened to Joe Bastardi and the resignation from Accu-Weather? It seems like another purge of “deniers” by the climate establishment inquisitors. Can we get him to post here or at WUWT?

    Many fans, I’m sure, want to know.

  4. David says:

    Steve, The wik records are poor. Googling extreme climate is frustrating (hundreds of references to CAGW and the last twenty years. Little on the 1930s of 1860 to 1890, where I am concentrating my research. I have found very little on most areas except the US, some on China and Russia, a little on Europe. Here is what I have so far. I amtrying to put an extremely short period as one focus. 1930 to 1936 is a good one.

    China – 15 years of storms 1851 to 1866, the low area between Beijing, Shanghai and Hankow flooded repeatedly during a disastrous 15 years of storms. It is estimated that 40 to 50 million ddead Chinese perished in these floods.

    1860 Cat 3 at land fall Hurricane strikes South Carolina
    1861 Beginning on December 24, 1861, and lasting for 45 days, the largest flood in California’s recorded history was created, reaching full flood stage in different areas between January 9-12, 1862. The entire Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys were inundated for an extent of 300 miles (480 km), averaging 20 miles (32 km) in breadth. State government was forced to relocate from the capital in Sacramento for 18 months in San Francisco. The rain created an inland sea in Orange County, lasting about three weeks with water standing 4 feet (1.2 m) deep up to 4 miles (6 km) from the river.[1] The Los Angeles basin was flooded from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, at varible depths, excluding the higher lands which became islands until the waters receded.
    1861 Most rain in one year: 26,470 mm (1,042 in); Cherrapunji, India,
    1863 Storm flood ravages Nethe coastal provinces
    1862 July 27 37,000 dead Typhoon in Guanzhou China
    1863 Storm flood ravages Nethe coastal provinces
    1864 Oct 5th Calcutta India Cyclone 40‘ storm sure, 50,000 to 70,000dead
    1866 / 67 Orissa famine was preceded by a drought: the population of the region depended on the rice crop of the winter season for their sustenance; however, the monsoon of 1865 was scanty and stopped prematurely. The heavy rains of 1866 also caused floods which destroyed the rice-crop in low-lying regions. In Orissa alone, at least 1 million people, a third of the population, died in 1866, and overall in the region approximately 4 to 5 million died in the two-year period. [1
    1866 /68 Finnish famine of 1866-1868. About 15% of the entire population died
    1869 Rajputana famine of 1869 1.5 million dead.

    1867 Cat 1 hurricane hit South Carolina
    1868 Russia extreme summer heat wave , peat bogs and forests burning for weeks on end.

    1868 96 Dead Lofoten, storm Norway
    1870 / 71 Famine in Persia 2 million dead.

    1871 1,200–2,500 dead Peshtigo Fire, Wisconsin United States October 8, 1871 3.8 million acres burned

    1871 Port Huron, Michigan
    The Port Huron fire of 1871 It destroyed more than 1,200,000 acres and killed 200.

    1871 June 13 Hurricane kills 300 in Labrador South America
    1871 In August and Sept 3 Hurricanes, a cat 1, a cat 2 and a Cat 3 struck Georgia.

    1873 Devastating Hurricane hits Pinar del Rio Cuba, est cat 4.
    1874 Hurricane strike South Carolina
    1873 / 74 Drought induced famine strikes India in Bihar.
    1875 Russia extreme summer heat wave , peat bogs and forests burning for weeks on end.
    1876 / 78 The Great Famine India, 5 million dead. Caused by great drought.

    1877 January 30 flood ravages Dutch coastal provinces

    1877 Cat one in Sept and Cat 3 in Oct strike Southeast GA.
    1876-1878. Perhaps the worst drought, the scientists found, was the Victorian-era “Great Drought” The effects were felt across the tropics; by some estimates, resulting famines killed up to 30 million people. According to the tree-ring evidence, the effects were especially acute in India, China, Brazil, Northern Africa (and other countries) severely impacted.

    1876 Cyclone rips across Backergunge India 40’ storm surge 100,000 dead.
    1876 Bengal, India 200,000

    1877 Sept 21 hurricane made land fall in Georgia, one of 12 late season hurricanes to strike Georgia between 1856 and 1898, 42 years (only 12 have hit in the 113 years since). with the finale most devastating in history Savannah Charleston Hurricane, 10 meter surge, 1900 dead.
    1878 Cat two Hurricane strikes Florida, a Cat one makes landfall in Beaufort Sout Carolina.
    1878 300-400 dead Flood in Miskolc, 1878 Miskolc, Hungary
    1878/ 1880 Famine in St. Lawrence Island, Alaska Unusuall weather and a disappearance of the whale and walrus caused.

    1879 Drought Famine in Ireland climatologists suggesting a series of unusual weather patterns, including extremes of weather (very dry or very wet summers, very mild or very cold winters), had triggered off problems with the growth of food, 1879 Drought Fanime
    notably food shortages in 1877-78, 1885 and 1889-90. Other countries in the period also experienced famines and food shortages due also to crop failure

    1881 Devastating hurricane Haiphong, Vietnam 300,000 dead
    1881 189 dead Eyemouth, Scotland, storm (“Black Friday”) United Kingdom
    1881 Highest temp ever recorded in Europe 122 F Seville Spain
    1881 Devastating Typhoon in China Gulg of Tonkin, 20’ storm surge 50,000 to 300,000 dead
    1881 FORREST FIRE Port Huron, Michigan September 5,
    The Thumb Fire (named for Michigan’s east side thumb-shaped peninsula), burned more than 1 million acres and took 282 lives.

    1882 Cat 2 landfall in Florida.
    1882, Cyclone June 6 Bombay, India Over 100,000 dead
    1884 Tornado out break 1884, February 9-19 Southern United States Over 600 dead
    1882 June 16, 17″ hailstones weighing 1.75 pounds fall in Dubuque Iowa
    1883 Cat 2 landfall SC/NC border.
    1884 Tornado out break 1884, February 9-19 Southern United States Over 600 dead
    1885 August Cat 3 SC/NC border. Many deaths. 3 tropical storms follow.
    1885 drought , Fanime in Ireland
    1886 June and July two cat 2 and one cat 1 strike Florida
    1886 October 12 Hurricane and sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas.

    1887, September-October Hwang Ho (Yellow) River, China Over 900,000 dead
    1887 Highest temp ever in Ireland 33.3 °C (92 °F)
    1887 Largest snowflake ever observed(15 in) in diameter; Fort Keogh, Montana
    1887 FLOOD Huang He (Yellow) River, China Death Toll: 900,000 to 2,000,000

    1888 The Great Blizzard of 1888 (the Great White Hurricane) March 11 – 14, 1888
    Eastern United States Snowfall of 40 to 50 inches was recorded over New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut as sustained winds created drifts as much as 50 feet tall. Over 400 dead.
    1888 The Schoolhouse Blizzard (aka The Schoolchildren’s or Children’s Blizzard)
    January 12, 1888 Great Plains States This blizzard gets its name from the many schoolchildren who died when trapped in one room school houses. More than 230 are said to have died. This cold snap and blizzard were part of a month which averaged temperatures 6–12 degrees Fahrenheit below normal across much of the northern and western United States.
    1888 October 11 Cat 2 at landfall strikes Florida
    1888 Sept 4th Monster hurricane rips western cuba. 600 people dead.
    1888 April Hailstones kill about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi India.
    1888 / 89 India feminine severe drought in Ganjam, 150,000 dead.
    1889 Cat one landfall LA.
    1889 Drought Famine in Ireland.
    1889 – 1890 Flu outbreak one million dead
    1889 May 31st Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Pennsylvania.

    The 1910 Great Flood of Paris – On January 28, the water reached its maximum height at 8.62 metres (28.28 feet), some 20 feet above its normal level. Estimates of the flood damage reached some 400 million francs, approximately 1.5 billion modern US dollars.

    The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 flooded Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding area with water from the Great Miami River, causing the greatest natural disaster in Ohio history. Within three days, 8-11 inches of rain fell throughout the Great Miami River watershed on frozen ground, resulting in more than 90% runoff that caused the river and its tributaries to overflow. The existing series of levees failed, and downtown Dayton experienced flooding up to 20 feet (6.1 m) deep.

    1922 Highest temperature ever recorded in the world 136 degrees Libya Sept 13th
    1925 Highest temp ever state of Alabama 112F Sept 5th
    1925 The Tri State Tornado Missouri, Illinois and Indiana March 18, The f-5 tornado left a 219 mile track, which is the longest ever recorded Death Toll: 625

    1927 On April 15, The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in the history of the United States 15 inches (380 mm) of rain fell in 18 hours. This rain caused flooding which overtook the levees causing the Mounds Landing to break with more than double the water volume of Niagara Falls
    1920 to 1930 Decade has easily highest number of severe storms in the UK. History of OND decadal average severe storm frequency over the British Isles from 1920 (from Allan et al., 2009

    1927 The Paisley Storm generated wind gusts of 102 mph at Paisley, England. 11 people were killed and over 100 injured, with widespread damage throughout the Clyde Valley area

    Continue reading on Weather History: January 28: Record Temps, Storms, Wind & Snow – National weather history |

    1927 New England Flood – November
    A late-season tropical cyclone moved through the region on November 3 and November 4, dropping substantial rains across central New England. Vermont was where most of the death and damage was seen during this flood; local rainfall totals reached upwards to near 375 mm (14.8 in)….Damages from the flood totaled US$40 million (1927 dollars). Eighty-five people lost their lives in the flood, including Vermont’s Lt. Gov. Samuel Hollister Jackson.
    1928 Largest snowflake ever observed: (15“d)r; Fort Keogh, Montana tied in 1887
    1928 May 1 Six children die and ten injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
    1928 July 6 World’s largest hailstones 1.5 pounds (17 inch diameter) fall in Potter, Nebraska, USA.

    1928 Cat 4 landfall September 17 Hurricane hits Florida drowning 1,800-2500

    1929 Pakistan flood of 1929 equal to 2010 flood.
    1929 Czech Republic −42.2 °C (−44.0 °F) LOWEST ever
    1929 Australia Oceania −23 °C (−9.4 °F) LOWEST ever
    1929 Rhondda UK received record 24 hour rain fall. 8.3 inches.

    1929 Florida, Cat one landfall Hurricane.
    1930 May 13th Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas, USA; this is the only US known fatality due to hail.
    1930 June 13th 22 people killed by hailstones in Siatista, Greece.

    1930 Sept 3rd Hurricane kills 2,000, injures 4,000 (Dominican Republic).
    1930s Sweden The warmest decade was the 1930s, after which a strong cooling trend occurred until the
    1930 Russian heat wave in the 1930′s, for the decade was 0.2 degrees below 2000 to 2010 heat wave.
    1930 set 3 all time HIGHEST state temperatures, Delaware, 110F Jul. 21, Kentucky, 114 Jul. 28, Tennessee 113 Aug. 9, and one all time LOWEST state record, Oklahoma -27 Jan. 18. About 400% more then a statistical average.
    1931 set two highest State temp ever, FL, 109 Jun. 29, and HI, 109 Jun. 29
    1931 Europe LOWEST temp ever in all of Europe −58.1 °C (−72.6°F)
    1931 The 20th centuries worst water related disaster was the Central China flooding of 1931, inundating 70,000 square miles and killing 3.5-4 million people.
    1931 July Western Russia heat wave 6 degrees F monthly anomaly above normal, 2nd warmest on 130 year record. Decade of 1930 to 1940 within 0.2 degrees of 2000 to 2010 western Russia July

    1931 Sept 10th The worst hurricane in Belize Central America history kills 1,500 people.

    1932 TORNADO OUTBREAK SEVERE 1932, March 21 Alabama 268 DEAD
    1932 November 9th Santa Cruz Del Sur Cuba category 5 hurricane 2,500 dead.
    1932 Madagascar cyclone crosses Reunion Island 35,000 homeless 45 dead.
    1932 June 19th Hailstones kill 200 in Hunan Province, China
    1932 / 33 Soviet famine. 7 to 14 million. Mostly human caused, but drought and low crop yields in 1931 and 32 contributed.
    1933 Sept Cat 3 Florida landfall.
    1933 4 LOWEST state temp ever were recorded in Oregon -54 Feb. 10, Texas -23 Feb. 8,
    Vermont -50 Dec. 30, Wyoming -66 Feb. 9
    1933 February 6 Highest recorded sea wave (not tsunami), 34 metres (112 feet), in Pacific hurricane
    1933 Highest temp ever in SWEDEN 38.0 °C (100.4 °F) tied in 2009
    1933 Lowest temp ever recorded in ASIA −68 °C (−90 °F) tied in 02 and 06
    1933 NORTH KOREA LOWEST temp ever North Korea −43.6 °C ( -46.48°F)
    1933 August 11th Highest World Temperature ever reaches 136 degrees F (58 degrees C) at San Luis Potosí, Mexico (world record).
    1933 Nov 11th Great Black Blizzard” first great dust storm in the Plains of the USA.

    1934 May 11th Over two days, the most severe dust storm to date in the USA sweeps an estimated 350 million tons of topsoil from the Great Plains across to the eastern seaboard.
    1934 Fastest recorded with an anemometer outside of a tropical cyclone: 372 km/h (231 mph) sustained 1-minute average; Mount Washington, New Hampshire,
    Michigan -two states recorded their highest ever temperature both 118 degrees Idaho and Iowa, and two states recorded their lowest ever temperatur Michigan -51 and New Hampshire -47
    1934 LOWEST temp ever Singapore 19.4 °C (66.9 °F)
    1934 Typhoon strikes Honshu Island, Japan, kills 4,000

    1935 Ifrane Morocco, LOWEST temperature continent of Africa ever recorded, minus 11
    1935 Nepisiguit Falls, New Brunswick 39.4 °C 12th highest temp ever in Canada.
    1935 Collegeville, Nova Scotia 38.3 °C 15th highest temp ever in Canada.
    1935 Iroquois Falls, Ontario −58.3 °C 5th lowest temp ever in Canada.
    1935 Western Russia, 9th coldest July in 130 years.
    1935 145,000 dead 1935 Yangtze river flood China
    1935 August 1935 and 36 two typhoons hit Fukien province in China, hundreds dead.
    1935 Labor Day hurricane one of the most intense hurricanes to make landfall in U.S. in recorded history. More than 400 people were killed. 185 MPH sustained winds
    1935 Hati 21 October: hurricane in Sud and Sud-Est départements. 2,000 people perished.

    1936 HIGHEST state temperature ever recorded in Nebraska 118 Jul. 24, New Jersey 110 Jul. 10, North Dakota 121 Jul. 6, Oklahoma 120 Jun. 27, Pennsylvania 111 Jul. 10, South Dakota 120 Jul. 5, Virginia 112 Jul. 10, Wisconsin 114 Jul. 13, Arkansas 120 Aug. 10, 1936, Indiana 116 Jul. 14, ever recorded Kansas 121 Jul. 24, Louisiana 114 Aug. 10, Maryland 109 Jul. 10

    1936 TORNADO outbreak April 5-6 Mississippi and Georgia 436 dead

    1930 to 1936 20 Twenty state record all time HIGHEST in 6 year period plus 7 were tied ONLY in the same 6 year period. 9 record Lowest in same period. Contrast that to 5 highs set in 1990 – 2000 all 5 in 1994. And 5 lows in the same period ten year period.
    Six of Canada’s highest ever records were set in the same period.
    1936 Bay of Bengal Myanmar May 1st cyclone 72,000 homes lost 360 dead
    1936 Drought related famine in China, five million dead. (
    1936 July 11th St. Albans, Manitoba 2nd highest temp ever in Canada 44.4 C

    1936 Northeast Flood – Spring 1936
    Rain concurrent with snowmelt set the stage for this flood. It affected the entire state of New Hampshire.[17] … In all, damage totaled US$113 million (1936 dollars), and 24 people were killed.
    1937 record state lowest temp California -45 Jan. 20
    1937 state LOWEST record Nevada -50 Jan. 8
    1937 January Ohio/Great Miami River Flood
    Two days later, the Ohio River crested in Cincinnati at a record 24.381 m (79.99 ft). Flooding in the city lasted 19 days…… Damages totaled US$20 million (1937 dollars).[23]
    1937 Highest recorded temp in Canada 45 °C (113 °F) Midale

    1937 Santa Ana, California Flood – February
    The storm of February 4–7, 1937 resulted in the highest four day rainfall totals at several stations in the Santa Ana River basin. The Riverside north station had over 200 mm (7.9 in) of rain in that four days, which equaled a 450-year event.[4]

    1937 December Northeast California flood
    The storm of December 1937 was a high-elevation event in the northeast corner of the state.[1]

    1938 FLOOD Huang He (Yellow) River, China Death Toll: 500,000 – 900,000

    1938 [edit] Los Angeles Flood of 1938
    Two significant cyclones moved through the region; one between February 27 and March 1 and the second between March 1 and March 3. …A total of 5601 homes were destroyed, and an additional 1500 homes were left uninhabitable. The three transcontinental railroads connecting Los Angeles to the outside world experienced washed out bridges and flooded lines, isolating the city. Mail service after the flood was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard. The death toll was 115.
    1938 Battle Creek, Michigan Flood – June 1938
    Battle Creek, Michigan Flood [6]
    1938 Hurricane (winds 183 MPH) in New England kills 500-700

    1939 Flood North China 500,000 dead
    1939 May 5, Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
    1940 Armistice Day Storm The “storm” of November 11, 1940 was one of the worst storms in the recorded history of Lake Michigan. 145 lives lost.

    “The Dust Bowl Years of the 1930s are well known for drought and blowing dust, but they were also years of temperature extremes as well — both summer heat and winter cold. Of all the years in that decade, 1936 was most exceptional both for heat and cold.”

    1936 Winter, second coldest on record “During the winter of 1935-36, the US shivered through the second coldest winter ever across the nation.
    1936 Hottest summer on record “Then in a complete flip, the summer became the hottest on record, as a hot, humid air mass stagnated over the eastern half of the continent during July. Even after seven decades, fifteen state maximum temperature records set during the Summer of 1936 still stand.”

  5. Sparks says:

    Great Idea!

  6. Nobama says:

    agreed. Great idea. I’ve been scanning all of them and thinking it would be great to have such an archive. It’s a real door slammer when warmers point to current events. Rather than debate why you can simply show that it’s not unusual. Simple. Very convincing.

  7. Douglas Hoyt says:

    I tabulated my chronologyu from about 60 different books and some web sites. Some recommended books:

    Darkest Hours by J. R. Nash (lots of long lists; 1976)

    A Chronology of Weather by M. Allaby (incomplate but a good start for recent years; 1998)

    The New Tablet of Memory by Anonymous (picks up many events that others miss; 1838)

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