Bogus “Record Temperatures”

July 22, 2019

by John McClaughry

Last Saturday the news media widely proclaimed the “hottest day on record”, although they never explain just what record they’re referring to.  They invariably warn us that the hot day is a result of “climate change”, which is a description, not a cause of anything.

I went on line to see if that was the hottest day on record in Vermont. First, if you Google Vermont hottest temperature you’ll get page after page of news media reports, but you are very unlikely to find the actual data. This is herd journalism by press release. Ignore it.

I finally found the National Climate Data Center, which keeps track of these things. Here are the facts, as distinguished from ignorant headlines blaming the hot day on greenhouse gas emissions.

The hottest day on record in Vermont in the past 150 years was 105 degrees. That came on the Fourth of July 1911, and could not have been the result of greenhouse gas emissions.

Here are some other hottest days: Arkansas, 100 on June 27, 1915. South Carolina 113 on June 30, 1912. Colorado 118 on July 11, 1888.

The most recent record in any of the United States was reached in South Dakota: 120 on July 15, 2006.

Don’t fall for that “hottest day on record” crap. Look it up.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. 


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol R Frenier July 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Thanks, John – That is really useful data.


Roger Joslin July 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm

These people are crazy. They don’t know weather from climate. It is a total fraud.


Seth Barrows July 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

While you are at it look up snowfall totals to be ready for the climate change scares this winter. I don’t remember the numbers off the top of my head, but snowfall totals in VT have fluctuated drastically over the last hundred or so years. Nothing to do with your diesel engines.


Greg Fleming July 23, 2019 at 2:29 am

Thank you John…


Matthew Davis July 23, 2019 at 12:27 pm

McClaughry’s analysis is severely lacking. He claims “the media” proclaimed the highest temp. record but he provides no evidence of that. “The media” is a pretty broadly defined thing so he needs to clarify who made this statement and what they actually meant. Also, temperature records for Vermont or elsewhere are not recorded by region or state but instead by actual town or location where temperatures are recorded. So to state that Vermont’s highest recorded temp. was 105 degrees in 1911 is misleading. Where was that temperature recorded? Now I’m not saying that any records were broken last weekend as I don’t know that, nor am I saying the media doesn’t over-exagerate reality. I do agree with him that we shouldn’t fall for “crap”, but I think in this case his analysis is the crap.


Daniel Moss July 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm

Why didn’t you leave a link so we could easily check your facts?


Ann Hogan July 26, 2019 at 9:46 pm

Myself, I’m too lazy to recheck John’s primary source. I just want to say how refreshing it was to read his research of the data. The original article writer should have done it to be credible.


Kyle July 26, 2019 at 10:47 pm

I usually like these posts and EIA, but this isn’t even up to snuff for middle school. John doesn’t even provide a primary source. This is reminiscent of the Presidents bad tempered tweets.

Let’s be crystal clear; climate change as a result of human activity is unequivocal fact. What to do about is where there is no consensus, even among the experts.


William Hays July 27, 2019 at 1:08 am

Unequivocal fact: the moon is made of green cheese. Thanks for the info, Kylee-poo.


Mike July 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm

I’m with you Kyle. I’m trying to get people to take another look at nuclear. It’s statistically safer than wind and it produces less radioactive pollution than coal. We need to keep all power solutions on the table but damn we are going to need a lot of power to get through this next decade!


Jim July 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm

John, those are inconvenient facts that the climate warmers choose to ignore OR they are delighted to have confirmation of their belief about their issue as long as the actual date is not associated with the temperature reading.


Thaddeus Cline July 28, 2019 at 12:06 am

So it’s clear your afraid of the overwhelming science and nature shows you see all around you. Plus news of the arctic fires , I’m sure you conservative media is not following . And won’t care if it was anyway.
Anything to cause cognitive dissonance.
Witch clearly is to many lager words and concepts to follow or understand. So ya gotta nit pick over Temperatures or degrees or certain days or months or years.
People dying yet again in Europe from heat waves unseen in 5,000 years contrary to what you claim or allude to . Whole ice sheets the size of states melting away and you don’t care or don’t know about because your world of information is so closed it doesn’t let you see what most people do.
I feel sorry for you when so many friends and relatives come and ask how in anyway you could have been in denial, When so much was obvious at this time period.
Sad really really sad .


William Hays August 4, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Thad: who is the “witch” in the “lager”? Your (failed) Head Start teacher? “Anyway”…


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