Anthony Watts of Watts Up With That reports NOAA has quietly restored July 1936 as the hottest month in U.S. History. I do not remember it well, but I remember enough.
Including the big thermometer in the shade near the Salina, Kansas Western Auto store registering 126 degrees. The hydrants at the stock yard going full blast to keep livestock to be auctioned alive in the heat – and the steady procession of buyers and sellers soaking themselves, only to return a few minutes later, bone dry and ready for another soaking.
And one gent, warned that a summer shower on the horizon was headed their way said “I ain’t seen a rain all year. I am gunna sit right here on this fence and watch it rain.” And that is exactly what he did.
I also remember the men who would stand on the running boards of the cars of the day, in order to enjoy the slight coolness of the forced breeze. And the women who hung water soaked towels outside car windows in order to get a bit of evaporative cooling.
I have no doubt that July 1936 was hotter than July 2012. And by a substantial margin, at that.