Sunday, 12 December 2010

December 1767

We have had a very severe frost and deep snow this month. My

thermometer was one day fourteen degrees and a half below the

freezing point, within doors. The tender evergreens were injured

pretty much. It was very providential that the air was still, and the

ground well covered with snow, else vegetation in general must

have suffered prodigiously. There is reason to believe that some

days were more severe than any since the year 1739-40.

Gilbert White

The winter of 1739 sounds even tougher - It was called The Great Frost :

We have more snow and frost predicted for the end of the week...

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