1936: The real year for ‘climate change’ – Idaho Press-Tribune: Bestread
by Donna Quixote on July 11, 2012
Susan Stamper Brown — July 11, 2012
Baby, it’s hot outside. If it wasn’t for the refreshing cold front pushing through parts of the U.S. right now, one might be tempted to think there is something to all that global warming nonsense that conveniently breaks out every time it is warm enough for a climate change alarmist to break out in a sweat.
To be fair, climate change is real. It occurs four times a year when winter turns into spring turns into summer turns into fall. Alarmists don’t see it that way, so they squawk “The sky is falling” every time conditions vary outside their interpretation of what they think is normal.
If there was ever a case to be made for global warming, it would have been in 1936 — back in the days when no one worried about how cow flatulence or greenhouse gas affected the atmosphere.
Unlike anything we’ve experienced since, the three-month long 1936 North American heat wave wiped out crops and snuffed out lives during the Great Depression’s “Dust Bowl” days. The heat wave that began in June largely ended in September, leaving in its wake over 5,000 deaths, drought and widespread destruction. Even as hot as it has been, many of the record-high temperatures experienced then are unmatched today.
To make matters worse, the 1936 heat wave was preceded by one of the most severe cold waves of the 1930s. The 1936 North American cold wave included recorded wind chills of minus-100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Midwest, ending with March floods. People concentrated on how to put the next meal on the table rather than obsessing over things like air temperature fluctuations.