CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

January 30, 2014

Frigid Winter Weather 2014


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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 FRIGID WINTER WEATHER 2014

Weather not fit for man nor beast...

Weather not fit for man nor beast…

…it snowed during five days during the month…there were only a few moderately warm days. Everybody looked, longed and waited for warm weather. Things were undeniably bad. Temperatures in the first few days…were temperate…Conditions began to cool rapidly on the 5th. By the 6th…Cold northwest winds and snow squalls were replaced by heavy snows…across upstate New York and Vermont and throughout Maine… Snow and hail began to fall about ten o’clock a. m., and the storm continued till evening. Snow blanketed the area …rivers remained iced over… “A well known farmer informs us that… the snow was 6 inches deep in almost all sections of the state. It was so cold that birds froze, sheep and cattle died of cold and hunger…(the next day) rapid and extreme drops in temperature froze bodies of standing water to one-inch thickness… significant snowfall…, a wash-tub full of rain water was scum’d with ice  Portland recorded “a plentiful fall”… the snow acted as an insulating factor on the field, protecting (undergrowth) from the bitter cold winds, sleet and ice…great numbers of (birds) sought shelter in houses and barns; many fell dead in the fields…All travelers need great coats and mittens. I presume the oldest person now living knows of no such weather…(days later) Lake and river ice was observed as far south as Pennsylvania. At the beginning of the month h ice as thick as…

Frozen small pond

Frozen small pond

Doesn’t this sounds like reports of frigid winter weather in Southwestern Pennsylvania?

Ice on Washington Furnace Run

Ice on Washington Furnace Run

  • January 21, 2014: Western Pennsylvania commuters worn thin on Tuesday by slick roads and heavy rush-hour traffic face another test on Wednesday: a blustery return to the deep freeze. Winds gusting to 25 mph could kick up fallen snow and slash visibility through the afternoon…
Wall of frozen ice on Rt. 30 east of Ligonier

Wall of frozen ice on Rt. 30 east of Ligonier

or closer to my home:

  • January 7, 2013:  before Tuesday morning was over, Laughlintown would realize its 15 minutes of fame when the National Weather Service proclaimed it the coldest spot in Southwestern Pennsylvania during a blast of frigid weather that sent temperatures across the nation plunging to levels not seen in two decades. At its coldest, Laughlintown felt like minus-39 degrees with the wind chill, according to the weather service,…Other places in Southwestern Pennsylvania were cold — wind chills hit minus-38 in Plum and minus-37 in Vandergrift, Monroeville and Perryopolis — but none were as frosty as Laughlintown, the sleepy, unincorporated village in Ligonier Township about 20 miles southeast of Greensburg and perched at the base of Laurel Mountain.  “It was so cold you felt like your eyeballs were going to freeze,” said Davis, a cashier at the (Pie Shoppe).
11 degrees---a virtual heat wave at 12:30 p. m. on 1/29/2014

11 degrees—a virtual heat wave at 12:30 p. m. on 1/29/2014

But what about the description at the beginning of this article?

It describes weather during July and August 1816, when the summer sport in the northeastern tier of the United States was ice skating. Read Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death to learn more about the year without a summer.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

ICE HARVESTING: BIG BUSINESS IN EARLY AMERICA

Photos in Foul Weather Not Fit for Man Nor Fowl 1/25/2014

11 Facts About Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2)

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1 Comment »

  1. Brrr! its cold here but not as cold what you’re enjoying!~/

    Comment by merry101 — January 30, 2014 @ 7:49 pm | Reply


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