The Improving Climate Of The Northeast US

People take for granted that the Northeast US is wet, because they don’t remember history. Prior to the mid-1970’s – the Northeast US was in drought most of the time. But droughts almost never happen there anymore.


Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

I remember visiting my grandparents in New York during the summer of 1965, and they wouldn’t serve you water in restaurants.


17 Jul 1965, Page 8 – at

Fortunately, there is no shortage of water or beer in Washington DC today.


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23 Responses to The Improving Climate Of The Northeast US

  1. Tony Rohl says:

    Here in California, the pols fail to admit the drought is over It might take 20 years of wet winters for them to admit it’s over.

  2. RAH says:

    I’m having a Jack & Coke and was watching a short but pretty intense snow blow in sideways in 30 mph winds. Just a short burst of snow though the wind has been up over 20 mph all day gusting to at least 40 at times. One of those winds you can hear in any room on the windward side of the house as it blows through the trees. Freeze warning tonight for us in central Indiana. Kind of making me wish we hadn’t already cleaned the fireplace and put the stuff away for the season.

  3. oz4caster says:

    Rainfall is good. Here in Central Texas we have finally come out of the nasty drought that peaked in 2011. It took 4 years and several recent big floods to finally refill the area water storage reservoirs.

    I’ll be quaffing a few real ales this evening. Cheers!

    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey oz! You probably already know this, but one of the big reasons why Texas has been low on annual rainfall is because they have had a fewer than usual number of hurricanes in the last decade or so. Of course the lower incidence of hurricanes is exactly the OPPOSITE of what the CAGW enthusiasts were predicting. “All that extra heat is extra energy in the atmosphere! We will have record setting hurricanes and storms!” Well, wrong again… not that they seem to learn from their errors.

      If, in fact, we are now entering a cooling period, the fine people of Texas (of whom I was once a proud member for a few years) may find that the increased rainfall comes at the price of a return of some of those missing hurricanes.

    • darrylb says:

      Much to the chagrin or a certain preacher’s wife

  4. Andy DC says:

    I remember the 1960’s drought here in Maryland by the fantastically long drives (golf) you could hit on baked out courses, getting 100 yards or more of roll. But getting the ball to hold the greens was nearly impossible, so my scores still sucked.

  5. Henry P says:

    Steven says
    “But droughts almost never happen there anymore”.

    Henry says
    showing a linear graph for rainfall is like an ostrich putting his head in the sand.
    “Everything is fine”
    Unfortunately, the weather behaves non-linear.
    Hence, rainfall patterns work like the pendulum of a clock, as shown here, as an example.


    • gator69 says:

      Gator says
      showing a graph for rainfall in South Africa when the subject is the American Northeast is like a troll putting his comment on this thread.

      • Henry P says:

        Hi Gator

        – note that it is extremely difficult getting complete rainfall data for the past 90 years or so for any place in the world. You are lucky to find a place where nobody has been sleeping or went on leave for 90 years….
        – but if you do get a station with complete rainfall data in the NE like that, try the type of graph that I have done:

        with the averages for the years as indicated on my graph,

        and see what you get?

        [not that I think that people with names like gator69 and andYg55 and catwesel666 will pay any attention to what I am saying, but perhaps I AM HELPING SOMEONE ELSE HERE.]

        • gator69 says:

          Yes Henry, we have seen youir goofy graphs about as many times as we have heard about Ollie’s iron sun.

          and see what you get?

        • AndyG55 says:

          Hey Henry,

          Did you know that if you drop one point, you can get R²= 1…….every time !!!

          WOW !!!!

        • AndyG55 says:

          ie.. four points forming a parabola is TOTALLY MEANINGLESS.

          I DARE you to do the same graphs using 8-10 points. !!!!!

    • sfx2020 says:

      Where is that data from?

    • If you continue making personal attacks, I will block you.

    • darrylb says:

      Henry P, thanks for the graphs and info. Nice to gain info
      from all over

  6. RAH says:

    Hardly a dusting on the ground this morning though a little stuck on the deck. Despite the roads being clear a snow baby called off and work called to send me to pick up his load in Findlay, OH. As I was on the way in to start the run they changed their mind realizing that the load was not critical and they should save me for later. That’s the way it goes sometimes, especially on Sundays when less experienced dispatchers are calling the shots. Would not be surprised to be sent east along I-90 to MA because they are getting a few inches of the white stuff between Syracuse and Boston.

  7. sfx2020 says:

    I checked all the US climate regions using the drought index. It’s interesting. Shows the different changes that have happened since we started recording rainfall/precip data.

  8. powers2be says:

    What goes around seems to come around. Burning CO2 is a feeble explanation for everything wrong with the world.

  9. Fred says:

    Never liked that white nuckel sindrom ,roads were iced over twice last week at least every body has learned to drive again this year.if north east wyoming is get rain somebody else is getting shorted. Were about average at the moment.

  10. Farmer Frank says:

    I have dozens of Tulips, hundreds of daffodils, a dozen different colors of crocuses, all gloriously blooming, my Mirabelle plum tree is blossoming for the first time in five years… My peach tree has huge pink and maroon blossoms, my Queen Ann’s Cherry is fully blossoming for the first time EVER…

    And it is…

    Winds out of the NW at 40-50 mph, gusts to 60 mph, near white-out blizzard conditions. Temp has dropped from 47 to 32, just while we ate dinner…. Now they have dropped the weather forecasted-low temp for tonight, from saying 29 yesterday, to 27 this morning, to now they are saying 25 degrees….

    Repeat after me: Warming is GOOD!!! Freezing SUCKS!!!
    Freezing KILLS!!! Warming (and CO2) gives LIFE!!

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