18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, April 28, 1913: I hardly knew what to do today. I guess I’ll have to blame it on the rain.
For the complete data sheet for Williamsport click on April 1913.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
April showers bring May flowers, but Grandma makes the weather sound dreadful. This was the second day in the row that she mentioned rain.
The previous day, she wrote,
Today is a very rainy day.
I decided to check the April, 1913 weather station report for the nearby town of Williamsport. Williamsport is about 20 miles from McEwensville and on the other side of a mountain—so I’m sure that the weather was somewhat different—but it still provides a sense of what it was like.
On both the 27th and 28th there were thunderstorms—with 0.24 inch of rain on the 27th and 0.47 inch of rain on the 28th. It looks like the rainy weather continued into the following day (and got worse)—with 0.66 inches of rain.
The temperature also fell like a rock across the three days—with a high of 80° on the 27th, a high of 67° on the 28th, and 54° on the 29th.
For details about how to find original weather station data on the National Climatic Data Center website, see a previous post: