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In Their Own Words

February 25, 1740

Sudden Weather Change

William Stephens wrote in his journal about a sudden - and drastic - change in the weather:

“…Followed what 1 had to do and lost no Time at home, where I spent most of the Day, and found nothing so remarkable in it, as the exceeding sudden Change of Seasons , the Weather for a pretty while past, being mostly frosty, since those heavy Rains and extream cold, thro’ a strong North- West Wind, which continued precisely till this Morning, the very last Night being as severe as any past: And after the Sun arose, the Wind getting round to the Southward, the Weather became immediately as warm as we ordinarily find it in England at Midsummer: From whence I reckon Winter is now quite over; and it is to be wished, that the Summer Heats may not come on so fast upon us, as to cut our Spring short.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 520.