COLDEST SPELL IN 56 YEARS
Mr. F. C. RENNER Sends the News Notes From His Diary
Mr. F. C. RENNER, of New Midway, this county, who has kept a record of the
weather for over 40 years, sends to the News some interesting items taken
from his diary. He says that on Sunday last, January 14, was recorded the
lowest temperature in 56 years, while the hardest freeze in the same length
of time was on Friday, January 5. On the last named day the thermometer
stood at 2 degrees at 6 a.m., 2 degrees at noon, and 2 degrees below zero at
8 p.m., while a 45 mile wind added fury. Frost he says penetrated houses
where it had not frozen for 50 years.
According to Mr. RENNER's records, Saturday, January 13, at 6 a.m. the
mercury stood at 19 degrees below zero, rising to 10 below at 8 p.m. Sunday
smashed all records with the thermometer, at 6 a.m., 24 below zero at New
Here are some interesting data taken from Mr. RENNER's diary:
February 8, 1868, 6 a.m., thermometer stood 14 below zero, 3 inches of snow,
January 29, 1873, 6 a.m., clear, 10 below zero; at noon, 10 above.
January 30, 1873, 6 a.m., clear, 25 degrees below zero.
There was no snow in the winter of 1876 until February 3 of that year. A
cold, wet spring followed.
April 28, 1878, very early spring, everything fully a month ahead.
Blizzard of 1899.
February 13, 1899, terrible snowstorm, coming from northeast. It raged 56
hours without abatement; thermometer 8 below zero. Friday it was 14 below
zero, Saturday 16 below, and Sunday it was still snowing and drifting
fearfully. The snow was 3 feet and a half deep. All roads were closed and
there were no trains on the P.R.R. from Frederick from Saturday to Saturday,
Many potatoes frozen.
Potatoes, as scarce as they are, are bringing distress to many an owner of
the tubers. These precious products have suffered from the cold and, indeed,
many have been nipped by the penetrating frost, so that it is hard to find on
the market or at home a potato that does not need attention. Storekeepers
say that it is almost impossible to get potatoes that have not been frozen.
It is not thought that many potatoes will be ruined, entirely by the freeze,
although reports from some places say that the loss has amounted to
The Weather Moderates
Thermometer Above Freezing Point For First Time in Two Weeks.
For the first time since Thursday, January 4, the thermometer on Thursday
registered above the freezing point. The contrast to the biting cold during
the frigid weather of the past two weeks, which Frederick people have
shivered through, was quite noticeable and the air felt quite moderate.
Things began to thaw out and you were reminded that there will in all
probability be but few, if any more cold snaps like the one just ended, for
the sun is each day showing more strength and winter will soon be on the wane.
- submitted by SS