Weather report for September 22

Do you have any idea what the weather was like on this day in 1860? According to Samuel Chapman of East Hartford, Connecticut, it was clear and pleasant, with wind from the south.

Samuel Chapman weather records, 1841-1874, Ms 16017. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT

Chapman kept daily records of the weather between 1841 and 1874. The entries, as you can see in the above image, were very general and always included the direction of the wind. Occasionally, as in February 1848, Chapman noted information about local happenings. “NB the North River is open for Steamboats,” he wrote between the entries for February 4 and 5.

Of the entries I’ve read so far, my personal favorite is from May 1868.

Samuel E. Chapman weather records, 1841-1874, Ms 16017. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT

An old robber was acquitted!

These volumes, as well as other weather records, are available for research. Come visit!

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