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Originally posted by Illustronic
I also think its the news media and world wide web that brings more 'disaster' news to more people's awareness and this year is no more extreme than many other years in the past. Consider off the top of my head;
The 1930's Dust Bowl drought. This was continent wide drought that lasted for years and further crippled a Depression suffering America.
During WWII the Eurasian continent suffered one of its coldest winters in modern times, which was partly responsible for Germany's Russian advance defeat.
The Mississippi flood of the early 1990's, for nearly the entire summer about 1/4 of America's heartland missed out on summer, where the rain and floods kept the temperatures an average of 52º F all summer.
What about the Medieval mini Ice Age? The Medieval Warm period? The Black Death that wiped out 1/3 of the European continent's population.
There are many more severe weather and mass disaster years on the books, those are just a couple.