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Year Locale Event Social Effects Source
1952 Central California Major Flood/Coastal Valleys Salinas River Floods

News/ GDS

1952 USA Midwest Drought begins Five year severe/crop failures Trager
1952 USA Poliomyelitis epidemic 50,000 affected/3,300 die/Salk vaccine Trager
1951 Australia 2 year drought begins Livestock die-off Trager
1951 So./central India Very Dry monsoon Strong negative rainfall anomalies/-SOI Kalidas/Sinha
1951 Kansas/Missouri Worst floods in US history 200,000 homeless Nash/Trager
1951 Jamaica Storm from the Antilles grows into Hurricane Charlie, and devastates Jamaica Within six days,154 killed, >2000 injured, and >50,000 homeless Nash
1951-52 ENSO Warm Event Records/Proxies of El Niño Ý Quinn
1950 Peru Guano/anchoveta fishing debate Guano industry transition/anchoveta boom Trager
1950 West Greenland Cod catches begin rising Fishery recruitment holds for 20 yrs


1950 China Hwai and Yangtze Rivers flood kills ~500, -10 million homeless Crops fail/Famine Nash
1950 Global Fisheries production Attains pre-war levels Trager
1950-60 North Atlantic Recent warming trend peaks Cod/other species bloom


1949 China Grain crops fail/Famine Population growth > crop production growth Trager
1948 Global Basic nutrition needs All 13 essential vitamines synthesized Trager



7.3 richter Scale Earthquake

Up to 100,000 die

National EarthquakeInformation Center - Almanac

1948 Geneva WHO/antibiotics/vaccines Global health issues addressed Trager
1948 USA Energy crisis Oil imports/Venzuela/Mid-East Trager
1947 New York Blizzard Not as bad as 1888 Trager
c 1947 North Atlantic Plankton declining trend Ocean Temperature Rises / abundances decline conversely Colebrook
1947 Britain March 31 Gale destroys crops/poultry Homes/farms blown down/floods/freezes Trager
1947 Britain Coldest Winter since 1880-81 Jan-Feb Snow drifts block transport: fishers in port, livestock devastated Trager
1947 Egypt Cholera outbreak

10,276 die

1947 Iceland Mt. Hekla erupts Widespread destruction Trager
1946 UK/Europe Blizzards/wet summer Wheat/hay crops fail Trager
1946 Florida Red Tide Bloom/G. breve Worst in history/kills fish/shellfish Trager
1946 China End warm period drier/cooler environment Feng et al.
1945 World War II ends Rebuilding begins UN and other AID agencies emerge Trager
1945 Global Packaged foods more accepted Meat markets/dehydrated foods emerge Trager
1944 Arabia/Red Sea Locust plague


1944 Luzon Island, Philippines Typhoon Halsey's fleet was caught, and three destroyers were sunk >790 died Nash
1944 Bahamas, Florida Keys up the US east coast to New England Hurricane 1st spotted in the West Indies, in six days moving along the eastern seaboard, 389 died Nash
1944 Bengal Rice crop fails/Starvation Refuse to accept wheat flour Trager
1943 Global FAO of UN Green Revolution is born Trager
1943 Mexico Paricutin erupts Erupts sporadically for 8 years Trager
1943 Japan Rice crop failure Malnutrition/hunger Trager
1943 India/Kwantung, China Famine / Disease Millions Starve Nash
1943 Burma Rinderpest infestation Livestock die = lowers power source/food production Trager
1943-44 ENSO Warm Event Records/Proxies of El Niño February 1943 the Russians managed to take back Kushvhevka,Kupiansk, Tim, Schigry, Kursk, Rostov,Voroshilovgrad, Krasny Sulin, Kharkov, Sumi, and Lebedin. In March, the Russians took Rzhev and Vyazma. The Russians stopped to rest but had calculated their earnings. Over 185,000 miles of Russian soil was now theirs again. Quinn
1942 Bengal Rice crop /fungus 1.6 million die Trager
1942 Florida Orange crops peak Ý Trager
1942 Russia Severest Winter in 30 years General hunger/malnutrition, Nazi's stressed to stay in Russia Trager
1941 Leningrad Russia Sunday, June 22, 1941, Hitler's Nazi forces stormed across the Russian border August 1941 Leningrad was completely surrounded during September and October of 1941. Now the standoff began. November 1, 1941 was the day of the seige - lasting 16 months. Nash
1941 California Sardine Industry fails Overcapitalization/climate change implicated Sharp/McLain
1941 Mexico Wheat crop fails Stem rust/borrows for food imports Trager
1941 China Drought/Famine 3 million Chinese die in Famine NOAA
1941 Central California Major Flood/Coastal Valleys Salinas River Floods Ý
1941 So./central India Very Dry monsoon Strong negative rainfall anomalies/-SOI Kalidas/Sinha
1940 British Isles westerly circulation declines Ocean production decreases Lamb
1940-50 China Cold, dry period Feng et al.


World War II begins

Spreads to Asian Pacific

Dated Timeline

1939 China Yellow River floods Crops fail/Famine kills >200,000 Nash
1939-1941 Pacific wide ENSO warm event Substantial records of climate anomalies Quinn
1938 Oregon Albacore fishery emerges Salmon ladders/Columbia river vs dams Trager
1938 Central/So.California Salinas Valley Floods Los Angeles coast towns innundated



1938 Eastern USA Surprise Hurricane from African Tropics Mauntauk island/Providence beach/ no phones/shacks


1938 San Bernardino, Huntington Beach California Flood

Hundredsof  lives lost, and massive damage done to property

LA River
Huntington Beach
1938 Eastern Tropical Pacific ENSO cool event Upper ocean low heat content/ US Congress Passes Flood Control Act


1937 Mississippi & Ohio Rivers flood Greater flow rates than the 1927 flood but less devastation due to channelization and work of Project Flood New era of flood control begins

Pare Lorentz, 1937 documentary film:

"The River"

1937 USA Drought ends Rust attcks wheat crop again Ladurie
1936 Global Freight services encouraged Canning Industry stable/Food Quality Issues Ladurie
1936 China Drought/Famine 5 million Chinese die in what is called the "New Famine" NOAA/Nash
1935 Newfoundland Hurricane Fishing fleets and harbors destroyed, many fishermen killed Nash
1935 Taiwan


3,276 people die. BBC News
1935 USA Stem rust attacks wheat crop Trager
1934 Plains States Dust storms/Top soil loss Results poor agric. practices/War years Trager
1933 Oregon 12 billion bdft timber burn Tillamook burn from tree fall(drought?) Trager
1933 Tennessee/USA Programs TVA flood control CCC build dams/plant trees/erosion problems Trager
1932 Florida Red Tide Bloom/G. breve Kills fish/shellfish Trager
1932 UK/California Atom Split New Energy Source Trager
1932-34 USSR Famine/collectiveness of peasants 5 million die Nash
1932 ENSO Warm Event Records/Proxies of El Niño Worst Red Tide since 1916 off Florida causes massive fish kills Quinn / Trager #2
1930 Spitzbergen Warm 8-9C warmer 1930-40 vs 1912-26 Ladurie
1930-31 Pacific wide ENSO warm event Substantial records of climate anomalies SOI
1931 Yangze River, China August Typhoon bursts dam 40,000 sq mile flooded, with famine - 3.7 million people perished NOAA/Trager#2
1930 Camp 100 warm Ladurie
1930 Ohio Flood along Ohio River

204,000 sq miles flooded, only 137 lives lost, but Massive Red Cross relief effort saved many more

1930 Belgian Congo Drought/Famine and Emmigration to Uganda

40,000 die

1929-31 ENSO Warm Event Records/Proxies of El Niño Signs of long Drought Begins in Great Plains Quinn

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