Weather rambling — April 1885

Eager gardeners in Washington County took a risk on the weather.

“A few are now starting their gardens by sowing onions and lettuce,” the South Hartford correspondent reported April 20, 1885 in The Granville Sentinel. “Unless we have a ‘let up’ on our cold nights, planting will be of little use.”

There was less weather optimism in Warren County.

“Ice in the West River still remains intact,” The Warrensburg correspondent reported. “This fact is still unprecedented.”

Lake Champlain was clear of ice as far north as Port Henry, The Morning Star of Glens Falls reported on April 22.

Optimism — and early onions — prevailed.

“The thermometers in Glens Falls ranged from eighty-two to ninety degrees above zero yesterday, and humanity perspired as freely and generally as in an ordinary day,” The Morning Star reported on April 23.

“The thermometer registered eighty-three degrees in the shade in several places Wednesday,” The Morning Star reported on April 24.

At Fort Ann: “The beautiful weather of the past few days has settled the roads, and they are not getting quite passible.”

“Lake George is now entirely clear of ice,” The Morning Star reported on April 28.

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