The “Trump Heat Wave” of 2019 Falls Ten Degrees Short of the “FDR Heat Wave” of 1936

Think Progress beats the drums of climate change by warning of a “Trump Heat Wave:”

Most of the country is entering into the first few hours of a blistering heat wave that will extend well into the weekend.

Dangerous combinations of high temperatures and humidity will push the “heat index” (what the temperature “feels like”) past 100 degrees Fahrenheit from the Dakotas down to Texas and across to Maine and Florida, an area encompassing well over half of the country’s population.

But as countless studies have made clear, the kind of extreme heat waves this country, Europe, and elsewhere have been experiencing this summer and last have been made more intense and more likely thanks to human caused global warming.

Even worse, if we fail to significantly curb emissions of carbon pollution — which is the current plan put forth by President Donald Trump’s climate policies — then these severe and deadly heatwaves will become the normal summer weather over the next few decades.

What Think Progress conveniently forgets is that the “FDR Heat Waves” of the 1930s were far worse.

First off, the Think Progress article uses misleading “heat indices” to artificially inflate and exaggerate the temperature readings. The actual forecast temperatures for today are in the map below.

The 1936 heat wave saw 5000 deaths, and temperatures fully ten degrees warmer. Compare the high temperatures for July 9-10, 1936 to those forecast for today.

Furthermore, NOAA and NASA tampered with U.S. climate history to accommodate the narrative of rising temperatures. What was a modest cooling trend in pre-2000 data became a warming trend in the re-scaled data. Steven Goddard’s GIF compares the original and modified data:


Nevertheless, the temperature measurements of the 1930s remain a matter of record and far exceed anything seen in recent decades. A little bit of  climate history goes a long way in countering today’s climate hysteria.


4 thoughts on “The “Trump Heat Wave” of 2019 Falls Ten Degrees Short of the “FDR Heat Wave” of 1936”

  1. If only your last sentence were true.   But I’m afraid it’s not.  If we were having a record cold July, (just like this year when Colorado had  deep snow in June), the Left would still point to it as evidence of warming.

    This is a religion, and religions can explain away anything. All they have to do is claim there has been a new revelation.  Then the old orthodoxy instantly becomes  the Satanic verses.

  2. What about global freezing? A large asteroid apparently contributed to the Ice Age and the extinction of dinosaurs except for the theropods that we now refer to as birds.

    Liberals are such control freaks they think they can impact nature. Human beings seem to forget that animals are quite adaptive to changing environments. The alligator species is 37 million years old. Polar bears are white because brown bears were an obvious target to their predators and were eventually unable to survive.

    I’m looking out my office window right now watching a small herd of fawns merrily romping through my yard and snacking on my plants while ignoring dog walkers and the occasional car passing by.


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