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Absent historical context, extreme weather can be overhyped in ways that lead uninformed voters to conclude that acts of God such as severe droughts and floods never happened before humans began using fossil fuels.
In fact, extreme weather has occurred with monotonous regularity for millions of years. Below is an infinitesimal sampling of the endless multitude of catastrophic weather events in Earth’s past, many of which occurred long before the Industrial Revolution.
Great - Hurricane - People - Caribbean
● The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 30,000 people in the Caribbean.
● Epic dust storms in the 1930s caused catastrophic ecological damage to the Central Plains of the U.S. and Canada.
Flooding - Tokyo - Japan - Homes
● Massive flooding that hit Tokyo, Japan, in 1910 destroyed more than 400,000 homes.
● Consecutive years of extreme weather took the lives of one-third of the population during the Russian Famine of 1601-1603.
? - Weeks - Rains - Mississippi - Miles
● In 1927, weeks of heavy rains in Mississippi caused flooding that covered 27,000 square miles, leaving entire towns and surrounding countryside submerged up to a depth of 30 feet.
● A catastrophic hurricane that hit sparsely populated Sea Island, Georgia in 1893 killed 2,000 people.
Blizzard - Snow - Ice - US - Maine
● The Blizzard of 1888 was so extreme that snow and ice covered the entire northeastern U.S., from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay.
● On Sept. 8, 1900, a Cat-4 hurricane obliterated the island of Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 10,000 residents.
? - Rains - Days - Flooding - Jamestown
● In 1889, heavy rains that lasted for days caused massive flooding in Jamestown, PA, killing 2,200.
● Caused by a protracted drought, the Bengal Famine of 1770 killed 10 million people in South Asia.
? - Bible - Genesis - Reports - Rain
● And, for those who believe in the Bible, Genesis 7:12 reports that rain fell upon the earth for 40 days and 40 nights, an extreme weather event by any definition.
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