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able as one of the coldest periods known in
the county. On the morning of the 11th the
thermometer registered 17 to 28 below zero at
Erie, 25 to 30 at Waterford. 23 at Corry and
32 at Wattsburg.

A long-to-be-remembered cold spell set in
the night of February 3, 1895, and lasted un-
til the 8th. During most of this period the
thermometer at Erie ranged from 3 to 4 below
zero in the day time, and 8 to 10 at night.
On the 7th occurred one of the severest bliz-



zards ever experienced. The cold and storm
extended over the most of North America,
Europe and Northern Asia. Zero weather
prevailed as far south as Tennessee, and deep
snow fell where it is seldom known. The
railroads were blocked for days all over the
country, and many persons died from the ex-
I treme cold. At Corry and in the southern
' parts of the county generally, the thermome-
ter, from February 3 to 7, inclusive, ranged
from 4 to 28 below zero, averaging, during
the five days, \^\. On February 15, the ice
in Erie harbor was from 28 to 30 inches thick.
On Sunday night, May 12, 1895, a heavy
frost fell that injured the grapes and small
fruit considerably. The week ensuing, the
weather was quite chilly. On the morning of
May 15th ice was reported half an inch thick
on quiet water in the hill townships. Snow
to the depth of two inches fell in some of the
southern districts of the county. The cold
spell was preceded by several days of unusu-
ally warm weather. The extreme heat, fol-
lowed by cold and frost, prevailed over a large
portion of the Union.

On the other hand, several winters have
been remarkable for their mildness. A num-
ber of instances are mentioned in the article
on lake navigation. During the winter of
1881-2, the bay was open most of the season,
and there was never more than a light coating
of ice on the lake. On the 26th of December,
1865, fires were not needed, and people were
glad to throw open their doors and windows
for cool air. On the 1st of January, 1876, the
day was so pleasant that the people of Girard
indulged in a picnic in the woods.

The month of July, 1895, was unseason-
ably cool, especially during the last week.
July 30 and 31 and August 1, fires were quite
comfortable, and many persons wore their
winter clothing in the evenings. The free
band concerts in Central Park, Erie city, had
to be postponed on account of the cool w eather.
The earliest fall snow storms on record are
; as follows : October 13, 1844 or '45, remain-
ing until the ensuing April ; October 20, 1866,
ten inches in depth, which disappeared in some
three days ; September 22, 1870, lasting the
fall and 'winter through; October 8, 1879 or
I '80, eight inches, followed by mild weather ;
1 October 20, 1895, ten inches in Erie, disap-
j pearing in a day or two, and succeeded by a
spell of pleasant weather,



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Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 33 of 192)