1934 – An Extremely Extreme Year

The year 1934 was far more extreme than anything we have experienced recently.

Maximum temperatures averaged the hottest in US history

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Like the current February, temperatures in the east were extremely cold

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Almost 70% of the US reached 100 degrees, compared to just over 20% last year.

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80% of the US was in drought.

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The drought in the US during 1934 blew away all records, but it wasn’t just in the US – it was all over the world.

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TimesMachine: June 6, 1934 – NYTimes.com

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TimesMachine: May 29, 1934 – NYTimes.com

LONDON, June 2, 1934
Farmers’ Ruinous Losses
Almost Universal Disaster
Europe Revives Pagan Rites

A survey of the threat of a world drought reveals ruinous losses by farmers in many parts of the world. There is an actual shortage of food, with young crops blasted in the ground by the scorching sunshine and thousands of cattle without pasture. The disaster is felt from the Mississippi in the United States, to the Volga, in Russia, from the Yugoslavian valleys to the Western Canadian prairies.

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04 Jun 1934 – WORLD DROUGHT Farmers’ Ruinous Losses Almost Uni…






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Almost the entire US was over 100 degrees during June, 1934



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If we had a year like 1934 now, climate experts would boldly declare 99.7% certainty that such weather was impossible below 350 PPM CO2.

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27 Responses to 1934 – An Extremely Extreme Year

  1. LeeHarvey says:

    Re: Almost the entire US was over 100 degrees during June, 1934

    Every state did hit 100 degrees. All 48 of them.

  2. pyromancer76 says:

    When one uses historical truths like scientific truths, everyone can learn from reality and prepare for the future. Even though extreme cold is in our present and most likely more of our future than warmth (slow ending of the Holocene), drought can happen in either warm or cold. Lots to do to prepare. Lots of ways to use those elite-wasted CAGW billions/trillions. Time to take it back. Thanks, Steven/Tony. One of the most “useful” blogs.

    • rah says:

      You know I really can’t say I buy into the idea that we even have the long term oscillations in our climate history pinned down enough to make predictions about if this is the end of the Holocene or not. What was that Donald Rumsfeld said about unknowns? Oh yea, here it is:

      “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

      And I think there are still plenty of “unknown unknowns” having to do with every aspect of our planets climate cycle out there. That is why even before I started really looking into the science I was intuitively a skeptic. Now that I have looked into it to some extent I’m a full fledged “denier”.

      • gator69 says:

        And that is exactly why we should not be spending money we don’t have on climate change. If you want to help, feed a starving kid, provide clean drinking water where there is none, or offer some other assistance to those suffering today. Here and now. Not some fantasy victim that may never appear.

      • Gail Combs says:

        About all we know is the earth is closer to glaciation than it is to a climate optimum and will stay that way for the next 65,000 year so forget Catastrophic Global Warming. Ain’t Gonna Happen.

        We know the solar insolation at 65° N on June 22 is within the ball park for glacial inception. We know the Little Ice Age was about the right timing for glacial inception. However we also know solar insolation is not the only factor so there is a lot of discussion on the subject among quaternary scientists. (Not that we ever hear about it in the news.)

        Last we know the switch between interglacial and glaciation is FAST. One to three years coming out of the Wisconsin and a couple decades for the descent into glaciation.

        If you want to waste money on Climate Change, This is the rabbit hole we should be going down.

  3. hell_is_like_newark says:

    Any ideas as to any possible cause (i.e. solar activity) for such a freak of weather for a year?

  4. DD More says:

    Just goes to show what happens when you take away the most important GHG, Water Vapor.

    “The year 1934 was far more extreme” – Remember also 1934 was a year that “Niagara Falls 1911 & 1934 Niagara Falls Frozen Over.”

    Also The second image, a panoramic view of American Falls, the infamous ice bridge, and the “ice mountain” bedotted with antlike human visitors, has been reproduced on Nostalgiaville.com, where the photo is dated 1936. The Washington Post reported on February 2 of that year that the falls had “frozen dry” for the second time in history.

    Read about the 1936 “forzen dry” ( wind driven ice dam on the river stopped water for several days) in a reading / test program in 3rd grade. When I told my mother about the story, her reply was “Yes, I saw that as a little girl.” Visited her Grandparents who lived 15 miles from the falls.

  5. dom says:

    Also coincides with the abruptness of FDR’s corporate hedging initiatives; abruptly-funding the “Suitcase Farmers” with wheat subsidies, flooding the market with wheat, then abruptly-turning the subsidies off. All I remember from my grade-school lessons about the dust-bowl was…..”it was the farmers fault” (OK, they called them “The Okies….). The “Dirty Thirties” is more of an adjective of FDR’s Marxists policies (and admiration for Communism) than it is a noun for the dust. But hey, all that matters is that jobs were created (like a modern day Solindra) because lots of tractors were sold…..

    • rah says:

      Yep, Poor agricultural practices is what I was taught in HS History class was the reason for the dust bowl. And of course they did have a lot to do with subsequent dust storms that brought choking dust over large portions to the east. But as usual they didn’t tell the whole story as Steven’s references to the weather at the time makes clear.

    • Gail Combs says:

      They are doing the exact same thing now only it is corn. (Note they are planning to kill biofuel after gwetting US farmers hooked on this cash crop.)

      Farmers are now tearing down the grass filter strips and tree wind buffers and planting from road edge to road edge. Since much of the land is rented or corporate land, no one bothers planting cover crops to stop winter erosion. In many cases we are heading straight back into the poor practices of the 1930s.

      Also there is the new scorched earth policy… We did try to warn you.

      …If you haven’t received the action alerts about this, you’re not plugged into the clean food and integrity food movements. The public comment period closes Nov. 15 and literally every single non-industrial food organization is hopping mad about the proposals.

      Like all subjective regulations, it’s hard to know what everything actually means. The regulations use “farm” and “facility” interchangeably, which makes all of us farmers wonder if we are no longer farms, but rather perceived as food facilities. Each farm is limited to only 3,000 pastured chickens–is this per year, per property, per business entity? It’s all unclear, but obviously if it’s the most stringent, it would destroy polyface Farm.

      The regulations almost prohibit using compost for vegetable production and create a scorched-earth policy toward wildlife that meanders onto farms. The regulations love centralized Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and doesn’t want mixed plant-animal farms. Chemical fertilizers are easy to use; biologically active soil amendments practically impossible. You get the flavor. Did anyone expect anything different from a Monsanto rep?….

      My farrier mentioned the farmer next door to him gutshot*** over 160 deer this year. The directions are you have to destroy the crops for thirty feet on either side of where an animal walked. Farm pons are also being poisoned. (Can’t have fish or frogs in the water used to irrigate crops.)

      Oh and just in case you were wondering The USDA Buying Submachine Guns with 30-Round Magazines

      ***so they go to the woods to die

  6. Andy DC says:

    The 1930’s were just loaded with extremes. This year, the pattern is similar to 1934, only the cold is more extensive and the departure from normal is going to end up even larger.

  7. rah says:

    And six years later? http://i.imgur.com/LcQFQge.jpg
    Two Soviet infantrymen frozen to death in their foxhole, Finland, 1940 The Soviets had to bring troops from far away to the Finnish front. Some of the soldiers were from the south and hadn’t ever experienced winter conditions like this before, combine that with Finnish patrols destroying the support lines and the hardest winter in a lifetime. The lack of food and supplies was huge, they did lack winter warfare training and gear. The saddest thing about this is that just by covering that fox hole with some branches and putting snow on top the temperature in the foxhole would have risen to about -3 Celsius. With those heavy coats, the soldiers might even have felt necessity to strip some layers. But that’s what happens when you send untrained troops to the Front. The Soviets didn’t care too much for their soldiers training.

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