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John Wheeler, Published May 07 2012

Weather Talk: Cold May of 1907 brought snow, temperatures below 32 degrees

Before you complain about a little cool weather in May, consider May 1907.

It was 22 degrees this morning in 1907. The month had yet to produce a day without freezing temperatures in the morning. In fact, the first 10 days of May in 1907 had morning temperatures between 17 and 29 degrees. By month’s end, 16 of the 31 days would have morning temperatures of 32 degrees or lower.

It also snowed an inch on May 2; 3 inches on May 14; and another tenth of an inch on May 19. The final frost that year came May 27, when the temperature plunged to 29 degrees. The following day, it finally warmed to 80. That must have felt pleasant after such a month.

This spring, many plants started growing early because of the warm weather. It must have been the dreary opposite in 1907 as spring must have been greatly delayed by such cold weather.

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