CHECK OUT THE MAP FROM 1985
The most prominent living advocate of human-caused climate change, Al Gore, says that the deep freeze experienced by the continental United States is exactly the kind of weather event one can expect with global warming.
“It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis,” Gore wrote on Twitter. He linked his message to one of his nonprofit group’s articles: A ‘PERFECT STORM’: EXTREME WINTER WEATHER, BITTER COLD, AND CLIMATE CHANGE.
He’s hoping Americans have a short memory and confuse “weather” with “climate.”
THE DEEP FREEZE OF 1985
One of the most frigid Arctic weather events of the 20th century occurred Jan. 18-22, 1985. Every state east of the Rocky Mountains was affected by extreme cold, including new state records established: -34 degrees at Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina, -19 degrees at Caesar’s Head, South Carolina; and -30 degrees at Mountain Lake, Virginia.
Some 165 deaths were attributed to the cold spell and the inauguration parade for President Ronald Reagan’s second term in office had to be cancelled due to a wind chill factor in Washington, D.C. of -10 degrees.
In Florida, the state’s citrus industry suffering $2.5 billion in losses, according to reports. Homes burned through the electrical supply and water pipes burst across the South, while firefighters couldn’t put out fires due to the water freezing in their hoses.
Meanwhile, in January, 1985, Anchorage enjoyed balmy weather, with a high of 41 degrees and a mean temperature of 36 as a high and 15 as a low.