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The Summer of 1826

March 18, 2017

By Paul Homewood




It is widely known that the summer of 1976 was by far the warmest in the Central England Temperature series.

What is much less known is that the next hottest was in 1826.




Curiously however, in 1982, when he wrote Climate, History and the Modern World, HH Lamb stated that 1826 was actually warmer than 1976.



 HH Lamb: Climate, History and the Modern World – p251



Funny how the past always seems to get cooler!

  1. Broadlands permalink
    March 18, 2017 2:35 pm

    An extreme of 64°F in the Summer in Britain and Europe started the “Great Recession of the Glaciers”? What am I missing?

    • March 18, 2017 5:15 pm

      That particular chapter covers the whole of the 1820-50 period worldwide.

  2. John Plummer permalink
    March 18, 2017 3:40 pm

    No, this can’t be right. All REAL temperature graphs show an upward slant to the right… like a hockey stick!

    • Broadlands permalink
      March 18, 2017 4:18 pm

      Yes, John… but if you calculate the annual rate of growth of “real” temperatures that upward trend is almost imperceptible.

  3. March 18, 2017 9:45 pm

    SUMMER 1826 “In Sweden and Denmark, a long drought combined with exceptional heat has been devastating to agriculture. From Stockholm, Sweden, a letter of 27 June: “All hope of a harvest is gone from us. The gardens are without fruit and almost without leaves; the fields show no trace of green anymore. Scorched by the heat of the sun the ears [of grain] are rapidly deteriorating. To this comes a sad sight; for three days, spread over the horizon there is darkness from the smoke from the forest fires. One of these fires is two mile and the other fire three miles from our capital.” 62

  4. March 18, 2017 10:45 pm

    The drought in northern France was also very severe. The Seine River in Paris [at the bridge “Pont de la Tournelle”] remained below zero [the low water mark of the year 1719] from 2 August to 7 September and then again for an additional 14 days beginning towards the end of September.6

  5. KTM permalink
    March 19, 2017 6:15 am

    As a scientist, this sort of thing was the turning point for me years ago. When I first saw that historic temperatures were being rewritten and moved around, I didn’t believe it. Trying to go back and rewrite the data from experiments done days, weeks, or months before to make it fit the new way of thinking is clear scientific misconduct. To go back and rewrite other people’s data, and contradict the world’s preeminent authorities’ past conclusions is incredibly arrogant. These people belong in jail.

  6. Jack Broughton permalink
    March 19, 2017 6:58 pm

    According to a radio 4 programme that I listened to this week (Melvyn Bragg plus a few geologists), the world was about 5 deg K hotter and CO2 much higher in the Pleocene era (50m years ago) and life flourished, even crocodiles in the arctic and Antarctic apparently. It was the following ice age that wiped out most life-forms.

    Heat = good. Cold = bad.

    CO2 is what it is and no more, a gas of life like oxygen.

    Wonder if HH Lamb would have prevented the last 20 years of sustainability-madness???

  7. March 19, 2017 10:43 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    The diary and farm accounts of William Fisher, a Low Furness (Cumbria) yeoman farmer, 1811-1859;

    The average temperature was 17C (June 17.2, July 17.3, August 16.7);

    Whilst the precision may be called into doubt (certainly adjusted down 😉 ) the harvest that year attests to how hot the summer of 1826 was;

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