Weather rambling — Snow carpets and Jack Frost castles

The early December snow of 1872 in Glens Falls quickly lost its luster, like a cheap fabric that cannot withstand wear.

“Winter promptly put down her carpet of snow, but it is already worn quite threadbare and needs patching in places,” The Glen’s Falls Republican reported on Dec. 10, 1872.

Winter Wonderland had a more enduring quality in 1874.

“Jack Frost has begun to build his castles upon the window panes,” the Republican reported on Dec. 8.

Snow had been on the ground since before Thanksgiving.

“The snow called on the 20th, apparently with the intention of making only a brief visit, but from present appearances it has concluded to remain all winter,” the Republican reported on Dec. 1.

Granville had snow, and a frigid 14 below zero temperature, for Christmas in 1876.

“About twelve inches of snow fell on Monday and the sleighing is said to be excellent,” The Granville Sentinel reported on Dec. 22. “Now is the time to go around and chase the wolves from your poor neighbor’s door.”

Young people were skating on the frozen surface of the Feeder Canal in early December of 1883, and Sandy Hill, now Hudson Falls, had its first snow fall on Dec. 10, an indication of weather to follow.

“It looked like winter and felt like winter yesterday,” The Morning Star of Glens Falls reported on Dec. 13.

On Dec. 20, The Morning Star reported that Lake Champlain was frozen between Whitehall and Port Henry.

“Sufficient snow fell yesterday morning to furnish poor sleighing. Many horsemen were out speeding their nags. The scene was enlivening and presented a wintry aspect.”

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