This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
S. F. T., Saratoga Springs, New York, under date of January 4, writes: "Thinking that the enclosed might be of some value to show the sudden changes of a northern New York climate, I send it, and also the weather report for December, 1877, which you will notice is very mild. Our first real snow storm (northeast) is at hand to-day, after another change last night from 7° below zero to 10° above.
"The January number of the monthly is just prime A 1, and you see that the article on 'Stoking a Fire' is needed in this part of the country".
[The Daily Saratogian, New York, as referred to above, says:
" Between 11 o'clock last night and 7 o'clock this morning the temperature of the weather changed 27 degrees. At Terwilliger's greenhouses on South street at 11 o'clock the thermometer indicated 14° above zero, and at 7 o'clock 13° below, making a difference of 27° in eight hours".
It has been, so far. a delightful winter. For a couple of nights in Germantown the thermometer made a hasty visit to 10° above zero, but to-day, January 12th, the temperature is 50°, and the atmosphere as genial and balmy as an April day. - Ed. G. M].