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In Their Own Words

January 04, 1739

Blast of Cold Weather Hit Savannah

William Stephens recorded a sudden onset of very cold weather in his journal:

“…What was most remarkable among us at present was the Weather; such a severe Frost happening two Nights following, as no one here living ever saw the like: Standing Water in several Places covered with Ice near two Inches thick, Chamber-Pots frozen under the Bed, and Ink in the Standish, where a Fire had been all Day…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 256.