If Only Wishing Could Get Me a Plane Ticket

Charlie Wilson wrote on Examiner.com today about historical meteorological events that have taken place on January 24th.  Here’s what I learned:

On this day in 1857,  -50° temperatures were reported in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The temperature was -30° in Boston.

The U.S. record for a 24 hour temperature drop occurred on January 24, 1916. The temperatures in Browning, Montana plunged 100 degrees in one day.

Another 24 hour record on this 24th day occurred in 1935 when 52 inches of snow fell in Winthrop, Massachusetts.


A few years ago (on a brief escape from cold weather) I met an ex-pat living in Mexico City.  She told me she was from New York but had also resided for a short time in Boston.

“You’ve got the most extreme climate I’ve ever witnessed,” she said.  “Ninety degrees in summer and slicker than a whore.  And forget the winters, those nor’easters are enough to freeze the eyebrows off your face.  Or bury you in snow.”

She’s lived in Mexico a long time.  Long enough to have once been friends with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

But not long enough to forget the weather she left behind.

For more information on January 24 weather, see: http://www.examiner.com/article/weather-history-january-24-record-temps-storms-snow-ice-wind-flooding-1?cid=rss


About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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4 Responses to If Only Wishing Could Get Me a Plane Ticket

  1. Jody and Ken says:

    Exactly the same thoughts the last time I was in Italy: Why do people ever leave here? Ken

  2. Pete Denton says:

    Great facts. Thanks for sharing. I cannot get my head around the -50 let alone the 52 inches of snow in ONE DAY! Puts some of the weather we’ve been having hear in the UK over the last few weeks into perspective. 🙂

  3. We have brutal winters but I also remember how days of rain and damp in London could begin to weigh one down. (Though that never kept me from visiting the UK!) Thanks for stopping by.

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