18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, July 28, 1913 – Thursday, July 31, 1913: Nothing very much doing for these days. It’s so terrible hot and I have a hard time of it just doing nothing. I’d hate to go anyplace such weather as this is.
Maximum, Minimum, and 8 p.m Temperatures
July 28, 1913
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Sounds like it was miserably hot in central Pennsylvania. A hundred years ago farmers like the Muffly didn’t even have electricity so there were no fans—just the sweltering heat.
Grandma apparently didn’t even have enough energy to write in her diary for several days. How hot was it?
Two Pennsylvania Cities—Philadelphia and Pittsburgh had highs of 90, so it’s a safe bet that it was in the upper 80’s or possibly 90 in McEwensville. Hot–but it doesn’t sound as unbearably hot as Grandma described it. Maybe the humidity was really high and there was no breeze– that could make it seem “terrible hot”.