Wind Rattled the Windows

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, April 24, 1912: This afternoon was one of the howling kind. The wind certainly did rattle the windows of that old school house.

Recent photo of the building the once housed McEwensville Schools. The high school was on the second floor. I can almost picture Grandma huddled over her desk in a drafty classroom while the wind howled outside.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

I thought about calling this post—April Showers Bring May Flowers—but wanted to be sure that there had been showers.

Well—it didn’t rain on April 24, 1912 (so I had to come up with another post title). It was just a blustery, raw, spring day.  A hundred years ago in nearby Williamsport, the low temperature was 28.9 degrees, the high was 66.9 degrees, and there was no precipitation.

Click on data table to enlarge.

(The forecast for today for Williamsport is–rain; low: 34 degrees, high: 54 degrees.)

An Aside–

I found the temperature information on the National Climatic Data Center website.  Last January I explained how to find similar data for other towns and cities across the US.  When I went back to the site to get materials for this post, I found that the process had changed, but that I could still find the data I wanted.  I added a note to the end of that post which provides an update on the process.

How to Find the Temperature on Any Date in Any City in the US

9 thoughts on “Wind Rattled the Windows

    1. Actually it really was old. According the The History of the McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm, the building was built in 1852. It was originally a private school called the McEwensville Academy. In 1872, the school became a public school. It’s amazing that the building is still standing.

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