Diamond Jubilee

It was 75 years ago this week that the most intense and brutal heat wave on record occurred in Fargo Moorhead.  For 15 straight days, from July 4-18, 1936, the high temperature exceeded 90 degrees.  On nine of those days the temperature was over 100 degrees, with eight of those occurring in a row.

Included in that streak was the highest temperature recorded in Fargo Moorhead, a 114 degree reading on July 6.   The high temperature missed being 100 degrees or above on 11 consecutive days only because after eight straight 100 degree days, the high hit 99 twice, before exceeding 100 once again.  No other heat wave comes close to matching what occurred in this area in July 1936.  The second longest streak with temperatures above 90 degrees is 9, set back in August, 1976.

The year 1936 recorded both the most intense heat wave and cold snap on record, with both events being significantly more brutal than anything else on record.

I have often wondered on the media would treat such a year in today’s society….   I probably do not want to know.

3 Responses

  1. My parents lived through 1936 and its scorching summer. They, and all their neighbors,moved thier beds outdoors for sleeping since there were no mosquitos that summer due to the extreme dryness as well as the heat.
    Our former neighbors, Carl and Martha told us how their cows stood on their hing legs to eat leaves off the trees as the pasture grass was burned up.
    Crops died in the fields as soon as they emerged from the soil that summer.

  2. Dustin

    In regards to the media…the weather channel is featuring a program to determine if 2011 (which is only half over) is the worst year of weather on record! I’m sure they would have had a heydey in 1936.

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