During the 1870s, society was plagued with climate alarmists imagining a change in climate – and claiming that every weather event was unprecedented. Exactly the same foolishness which we hear today.
IMAGINARY CHANGES OF CLIMATE.
We have often noticed that in the tabular statements of those compilers of weather records who write to the Times, useful and welcome as their communications are, every season is sure to be “extraordinary,” almost every month one of the driest or wettest, or windiest, coldest or hottest, ever known. Much observation, which ought to correct a tendency to exaggerate, seems in some minds to have rather a tendency to increase it. And many seem now to regard three dry hot years in succession as betokening some general change of climate, as if it was not perfectly certain, in the wide range of the table of what we call changes, that with our existing conditions of climate such a combination must every now and then recur.