My Memories Of The 1936 Flood

Well, not exactly mine. My mother was a small child in 1936, and I was talking about the March 1936 flood with her last night. Then a bell rang and she said :

Did Pennsylvania get flooded? I remember my father talking about having to travel in a boat in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Cities Slowly Emerge From Flood and Count Their Heavy Losses – MANY LIVES SAVED IN WILLIAMSPORT Toll Held to Four Drowned by Quick Mobilization of All City’s Forces. FLOOD RAPIDLY RECEDING Damage Set at $3,500,000 -Newspaper Functions by Radio — Heroism in Rescues. – View Article – NYTimes.com

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3 Responses to My Memories Of The 1936 Flood

  1. Dave N says:

    That headline is a bit screwy.. it looks like the four were drowned by quick mobilization of all city’s forces.. If they mobilized slower, perhaps they would have survived?

    That’s a huge damages bill for 1936.

  2. Brian H says:

    Your mental punctuation slipped a cog. ;p

  3. Jimbo says:

    Hi Steve,
    Please consider putting up the following as a post. It focuses on 1935 bad weather events. It’s intended to put things into perspective.
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    Below is a small selection of newspaper headlines from 1935 reporting on ‘bad weather’ events and some consequences. [Some reports overlap into 1934].
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    STRANGE / ODD / WILD / WEIRD WEATHER – 1935
    Britain Has Winter Heat Wave [Jan.]

    FREAK WEATHER Winter in England FLOWERS BLOOM [Jan.]

    COLDEST WEATHER IN MEMORY. MOTOR CARS SNOWED UP. [Britain] [Jan.]

    SNOW IN MAY. Unusual Weather in England. [May]

    FREAK WEATHER Frosts in England HEAVY LOSSES [June]
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    HEAT WAVE Extremes in India RECORD OF 124 DEGREES

    PHENOMENAL WEATHER UNPRECEDENTED HEAT WAVE EXTRAORDINARY RAINFALL, Calcutta

    INDIA UNDER FROST Record Low Temperatures Many Deaths from Pneumonia

    COLD SPELL ICE in Torrid India HEAVY DEATH ROLL CALCUTTA

    CATTLE KILLED BY HAILSTONES. CALCUTTA
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    WILD WEATHER Violent Duststorms Sydney

    Abnormal Weather HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODS. FRUIT CROPS AFFECTED. [Australia]

    Bitterly Cold Weather RECORD FOR SYDNEY…[lowest for 71 years in April.]

    LIGHTNING, HAIL, BUSH FIRES WILD WEATHER REPORTED HAILSTONES PIERCE TANKS [Australia]

    DROUGHT HAVOC IN INTERIOR Rabbits and Drift Ravaging Land CLIMATE CHANGE [Australia]

    COOL—HOT—WET—COOL Melbourne’s Chameleon Afternoon
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    DUST STORMS IN U.S.A. Whole Country Affected FREAK WEATHER EXPERIENCED…

    SEVEN DEAD IN HAILSTORM. HONOLULU

    Freak Weather:…….Niagara Freezes:

    AMERICA’S WINTER 200 Deaths From Cold Frost Reaches Florida
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    SNOW IN SWELTERING SAHARA ALGIERS
    400 LIVES LOST. Torrential. Rain: Gales in Brazil. BUILDINGS COLLAPSE.

    UNPRECEDENTED WIND AND RAIN STORMS. STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY. Bahia (Brazil)

    Rained Jellyfish. MELBOURNE

    ls the Weather Abnormal?

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    HEATWAVES – 1935
    HEATWAVE IN FRANCE HUNDREDS OF CASES OF SUNSTROKE

    HEAT WAVE IN ITALY DEATHS FROM SUNSTROKE [“…100 deaths…”]

    …Most Of Continent, In Heat Wave [Europe]

    122 IN THE SHADE. Madras Suffers. Deaths From Heat Stroke. [India]

    WHEAT ESTIMATE IN U.S. REDUCED Effect Of Rust, Heat, And Drought

    WEATHER EXTREMES. COLD FOLLOWS HEAT WAVE. Hailstorm in Perth Suburbs

    EXTREME HEAT THROUGHOUT STATE 113 DEGREES AT WHITE CLIFFS. SYDNEY

    HEAT WAVE. High Temperatures in New Zealand

    EXTREMES IN WEATHER FOR SOUTH AFRICANS Heat Wave For Match Against Yorkshire

    HEAT WAVE IN SYDNEY MANY PERSONS COLLAPSE

    DROUGHT CONDITIONS Anxiety in Europe Heat Wave in England

    ENGLAND’S HEATWAVE. DROUGHT CONDITIONS. NO WATER SHORTAGE

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    DROUGHTS – 1935
    DROUGHT IN AMERICA DESTITUTE FARMERS MIGRATION TO ALASKA

    DROUGHT’S TOLL. 5,000,000 SHEEP DEAD. LOSSES IN QUEENSLAND

    DROUGHT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA Critical Position

    DROUGHT IN CANADA Grasshoppers Eat Rhubarb FARMERS SAD PLIGHT

    Cargoes Firm Serious Drought in Argentina

    FLOODS AND DROUGHT. HOW CHINA SUFFERS. Children Sold for Bowl of Rice

    SOLDIERS’ BODIES GRIM HARVEST ON OLD BATTLEFIELDS Drought Dried up Swamps [France & Belgium]

    DROUGHT IN SOUTH OF ENGLAND

    IN BAD WAY New Zealand Dairymen SEVERE DROUGHT

    FOOD SHORTAGE Drought in Ceylon GOVERNMENT RELIEF

    Suffering Among Italian Troops [“Drought, malaria, flies, mosquitoes, and blistering heat…East Africa”]

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    FLOODS – 1935
    50,000 Dead in Chinese Floods

    DISASTROUS U.S.A. FLOODS Hundred Dead in Five States HEAVY DAMAGES

    WIDESPREAD STORMS FLOODS IN EUROPE AND ASIA MINOR

    FLOODS, STORMS AND TORNADOES 250 Casualties Reported Denver, Colorado

    HEAVY FLOODS IN N.Z.

    DISASTER IN JAPAN 145 People Die In Floods GREAT DAMAGE

    QUEENSLAND FLOODS. Bridges Still Under Water

    FLOODS IN CANADA HUNDREDS OF FARMS INUNDATED SEVENTEEN DEATHS REPORTED

    RHONE FLOODS Worst for 95 Years FIFTEEN LIVES LOST RIVER ELEVEN MILES WIDE

    GALE AND RAIN FLOODS IN GREAT BRITAIN

    FIJI FLOODS Severe Damage

    72 PERSONS DEAD Landslides and Floods SOUTHERN ITALY AND SICILY

    TEN FLOODS IN EIGHTEEN MONTHS [New Zealand]

    2000 DEAD Cyclone and Floods in Honduras

    FLOODS IN FRANCE Worst for 90 Years FIFTEEN PERSONS DROWNED

    2000 DEAD OR MISSING HAITI HURRICANE AND FLOODS

    SEVERE FLOODS Dead and Damage IN NEW YORK STATE

    Fatal Floods In Turkey, Spain and France

    450 BODIES NOW RECOVERED Disastrous Mexican Floods

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    TORNADOES – 1935
    ‘PLANE CRASHES IN BELGIAN CONGO Seven Killed After Tornado

    FURIOUS, TORNADO DAMAGE AT COOGEE SYDNEY

    FLOODS IN HAITI HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE 1,000 Believed Drowned Torrential Rain Follows Tornado

    TRAIL OF RUIN TORNADO AND FIRES DESTRUCTION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    TORNADOES Sweep American States. 34 PERSONS KILLED

    FLORIDA TORNADO. Death Roll Growing. Trail of Desolation

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    STORMS – CYCLONES / TYPHOONS – 1935
    DISASTROUS CYCLONE [NW Australia]

    SEVERE CYCLONE Houses Uprooted in India

    CYCLONE IN FLORIDA Heavy Loss Of Life TOWN OF TAVERNIER RAZED

    BAHAMAS CYCLONE. Extensive Damage. 14 Deaths Reported

    HUNDREDS DEAD IN TYPHOON 75,000 HOMES LOST Destruction in Japan

    OVER 400 LOST IN FLORIDA HURRICANE MIAMI

    HURRICANE DAMAGE. THIRTY REPORTED DEAD. Cuba and Jamaica Swept

    1000 BELIEVED DROWNED IN HAITI

    HURRICANE RAGING. DAMAGE IN SCOTLAND. SHIPS AGROUND. TRAIN DERAILED

    COOK ISLANDS. Extensive Hurricane Damage

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    CLIMATE CHANGE? – 1935
    OUR CHANGING CLIMATE Scientists Talk of Post…..[ Australia’s climate is bad,..]

    CLIMATIC ECCENTRICITIES [… more or less off what is regarded as the normal…]

    PLAN TO MELT THE NORTH POLE. AND IMPROVE THE WORLD’S CLIMATE. DAM 200 MILES LONG.
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    See also
    1954: A Bad Year of “Climate Change” – Natural Disasters Pummel Large Swaths of Globe, Again
    Global Weirding Late 19th & early 20th Centuries
    Extreme Climate Change: The 1933-1938 Bad weather events.
    Bad Weather of the past from Steven Goddard.

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