Let Congress Take Warning, 03/06/1909
The Inauguration Day of William Howard Taft was one of the worst Inauguration days ever due to rain, snow, sleet, slush, and chilling winds. In the cartoon, telegraph lines are shown falling over because of the strong winds and snow. Uncle Sam is bundled in winter gear while holding a resolution to change the date of Inauguration Day and telling Congress that they shouldn’t let the same thing happen again. Because of the bad weather, there was much support in changing Inauguration Day to April 30, which is when George Washington was inaugurated. The resolution was not successful until 1933 though, when Inauguration Day was changed to January 20.
The Blizzard of ‘78, 35 Years Ago
Many New Englanders will remember the Blizzard of 1978, a destructive and record-setting nor’easter which first struck the region on February 6, 1978.
View of Route 128 South in Needham, Massachusetts, Following the Blizzard of 1978, 02/1978
Without a doubt the Blizzard was a catastrophic and tragic storm. But anyone young enough at the time that they didn’t have to help shovel probably remembers it as the most amazing snowstorm ever (the Today’s Document team included).
Do you remember the Blizzard of ‘78 — or what was the biggest snowstorm in memory?
Photograph of Winter Scene Along Pike Bay Loop Road, 01/1939
It is a chilly day in Washington, DC, is it cold in your neck of the woods?
Photograph of President Truman with Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes and others, standing inside the Jefferson Memorial looking up at a statue of Thomas Jefferson., 01/14/1946
On January 27, 1776, former bookseller Henry Knox arrived at George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with 60 tons of captured artillery to use in the liberation of Boston from British forces. Knox had masterminded the removal and transportation of the guns from Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York, through 300 miles of sparsely populated terrain in the dead of winter.
Hauling guns by ox teams from Fort Ticonderoga for the siege of Boston, 1775
It’s the first day of winter! Can you believe? We know, we can’t either! Today we are featuring a cartoon by Jim Berryman, son of Clifford Berryman, called All in the Point of View. In this cartoon, Berryman humorously highlights the differing points of view on winter snow. While on one day you might enjoy the beautiful snow on Washington’s monuments, your view changes considerably when trying to dig your car out the next day. Here’s hoping that none of you have to dig your cars out of the “drifted snow and shimmering ice” this winter!
All in the Point of View by Jim Berryman, 12/2/1928, U.S. Senate Collection (ARC 6011977)
On this day 141 years ago, the forerunner of today’s National Weather Service – the Signal Service Corps’ Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce – made its first meteorological observations and reports and the weather hasn’t been the same since.
“Weather” you like singing in the rain, chasing storms, or checking the daily barometric pressure, the National Archives has weather records for you. This Tag It Tuesday we invite you to join us for a flurry of tagging our weather related records in honor of those first weather reporters.
We forecast that you’ll have a great time tagging our weather related records. Here are a few images from our holdings to get you started!