Thursday, 5 January 2012

Heatwaves in New York and South Eastern Australia.

Ed Kohn wrote a book titled "Hot Time in the Old Town."

NPR review:
During the summer of 1896, a 10-day heat wave killed nearly 1,500 people, many of them tenement-dwellers, across New York City. Many thousands of people were crammed into tenements on the Lower East Side, with no air conditioning, little circulating air and no running water.

"This was 10 days [with temperatures reaching] 90 degrees at street level and 90 percent humidity, with temperatures not even dropping at night," Kohn says. "No wind — so at night there was absolutely no relief whatsoever."

Meanwhile, also in 1896, in South Eastern Australia, widespread heatwaves killed 437 including 47 in Bourke, New South Wales.  ( )
There must have been many jet flights and a multitude of SUVs warming the atmosphere in 1896.


  1. Heat waves in 1896 could have been caused by extreme solar activity.

    The author surely does not mean to suggest that if heat waves at one time have one cause (solar activity) then they cannot have a different cause at any other time? That would be mischievous and deliberately deceptive.

  2. Comment on another thread....
    In January 1896, Bourke had 22 days in a row of 40C plus weather.
    The top temp was 48.6 and the month's average was just over 43C.
    Over 40 people died in that heatwave.
    If we had one of that magnitude today, what a field day the press would have.

  3. Write a controversial post . That’s Interesting


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