Many of us have been complaining about how cold it has been this week, but it was MUCH worse back in January of 1918. I pulled some old COOP Weather Observations from across Region 8 this evening to get an idea of just how bad it was in 1918. These handwritten weather journals are always interesting to see! This first one is from Jonesboro (click to enlarge):
Second, look how COLD it was! The second column is the "lows" for the day. On the 12th, the low was 18 degrees BELOW zero. Brrrrr.
Third, look who took the weather obervations! The Benedictine Sisters! I assume that would be from the convent here on KAIT Road? I'm not sure.
Since the data from Jonesboro was so impressive, I decided to pull a few more logs from Region 8. The image below is from Marked Tree in January of 1918 (click to enlarge):
Now let's head north and look at Mammoth Spring...
Can you imagine? That would be an incredible winter! I always like looking back at incredible events in the past to remind us that it CAN happen here. Fortunately, this month does not look anything like January of 1918!
Back to work!