By Paul Homewood
By the 1970’s, the Earth had experienced three decades of declining temperatures, which Hubert Lamb described as “longest-continued downward trend since temperature records began”.
Many will be aware that the coldest winter on record in the US was that of 1978/79, more than 1F colder than any other year.
It is also common knowledge that the 1970’s suffered the most from tornadoes.
What may less well known, though, is that the US also had its wettest year on record during the decade, in 1973.
Very few parts of the country escaped the rain, and the east and central regions suffered particularly.
Unsurprisingly, severe flooding resulted. The most notable was the Mississippi Flood between March and May, rated as the second worst ever after 1927’s.
But the Tennessee Valley also suffered one of its costliest floods in modern history.
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