18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, July 13, 1913: Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Had to wait awhile after church before starting home because it was raining. Just got home in time before it commenced again. I’m glad I didn’t get another drenching. Got a good one yesterday so that was enough.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah—Grandma, I’m glad you didn’t get soaked. Sometimes things work out just right.
According to the historic weather records for Williamsport Pennsylvania—a town about 20 miles from McEwensville—July 13, 1913 was the coolest day so far in the month. The high was only 72 degrees and the low was 55. And, there was a thunderstorm in the afternoon with 0.08 inches of precipitation.
The weather records also show (just as Grandma wrote) that there was a thunderstorm the previous day. I’m surprised she didn’t mention the rain in the preceding diary entry. Instead, on July 12, 1913, she wrote about helping load wheat. Did the storm roll in while she was loading wheat?—and did it cause any damage to the crop they were harvesting?
If you’d like to find historic weather records for many towns in the US, see this previous post: