The Weather Diary of Sir John Wittewronge, January 1686
Audio footage of extracts from Sir John's diary
Read by Geoff Cordingley
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The river began to run in Rothampsted mead the latter end of December, but did not run above half way, till the first week in January, & then it ran quite through the mead & over the high way to Redbourn, with a pretty stream: I saw it so the 12th of this instant January.
This winter was so calm & warm that the Emenyes* continued all winter in flower till Jan 22 primeroses began to bloom the beginning of January, the rose leaves continued on the trees: which all were wipt by the frosty weather, beginning the 21st instant.
1 After a miserable wett night a cloudy day but dry W:NW
7 After an extream wet night an indifferent fair day W:SW
15 A huge fog til afternoon then close & darck W:S
22 A pretty smart frost again & a clear cold day W:SE
Jan 29th A very rainy darck day & warme W:S
* Emenyes: anemones