Winter through the ages
By Linda Rennie, Marlborough Historical Society
Marlborough – March 5, 1772 there was commencement of a great snow storm or storms. Sixteen inches fell that day and in sixteen days, another five feet. People said that “it was an amazing quantity of snow that they had never seen before.”
March 23, 1785, a great body of snow lay upon the ground, and it is said to have continued to the depth of four feet for nearly a month.
March 1, 1802 it is written down in history, “that the snow was judged to have been 32 inches on a level, and a crust sufficient to bear a person anywhere.” A few days before the snow, there was a rain storm.
March 30 and 31, 1864, a severe snow storm hit the area. Three weeks prior to this time there had been no snow on the ground.
March 5, 1872, it was the coldest day of the winter season. The thermometer was 8 degrees below zero all day.
As we begin the month of March 2014 after a very snowy February, we can remember that our ancestors were burdened with the same kind of weather. Also, that their comforts were far less than ours. Spring is on the way!
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