Sunday, 21 February 2016

21st February 1816: More remarks about the severity of the Winter

The Bury & Norwich Post of Wednesday 21st February 1816 carried a report about the weather in the 'year without summer':
A Correspondent remarks, that to those who recollect the moderate weather commonly felt during the month of October, the severity of the present season will appear somewhat extraordinary, as the days are of the same length, and the sun above the horizon as long between the 11th and 21st of February, as between the 21st and 31st of October: but this difference of the seasons is readily accounted for from the large tracts of snow and ice passed over by the North and East winds in their passage across the Frozen Ocean and Continent in February. The extreme degree of cold which has lately been felt with a Southerly wind, seems rather more extraordinary; and we should be happy to hear an explanation of that circumstance.

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