19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, July 16 – Friday, July 17, 1914: Am having a hot time of it.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is the second day of a two-day diary entry. New York City is about 125 miles east of McEwensville. Here’s what the New York Times had to say about the weather there on July 17, 1914.
The weather sounds oppressive—and dangerous. My favorite line in the article is:
There is a light southerly breeze at the Battery, but it as warm as if it had blown over the Sudan desert at Wadi Halfi. . .
Somehow high humidity and desert breezes don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence. . . but whatever. . . It’s a very graphic description.🙂