Forty years ago, there was a lot going on. Nixon resigned. I took my first computer programming class at ASU that year. It was the peak year of the global cooling scare, which Time Magazine was pushing during Arizona’s worst heatwave on record.
Arizona was experiencing their worst heatwave on record this week 40 years ago, with 19 straight days over 110 degrees in Phoenix. Wickenburg, Az set their all-time high temperature record of 116 degrees.
April, 1974 brought the worst outbreak of severe tornadoes in US history. Darwin was destroyed by a cyclone on Christmas, 1974.
I played on the ASU soccer team in 1974 (still a self-funded club sport at that time) and we practiced every afternoon at 3 PM – typically in 104-110 degree heat. None seemed particularly worried about global cooling.
The White House says the climate is getting more extreme, which takes me back to Nixon.