Lightning, 1908

Weather news from the front page of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), October 1, 1908:

Lightning’s Pranks.
The drouth that had prevailed in this section for several weeks was broken Saturday afternoon when the vicinity was visited by a heavy fall of rain. The rainfall was accompanied by comparatively little thunder and lightning, but the two heaviest bolts that were noticeable here both did some damage.

The first bolt struck a telephone wire near the C. A. Thomas residence in Highland View addition, and broke the wire and burned out Mr. Thomas’ phone. A horse driven by David Martin was knocked to its knees when in front of the Thomas residence.

The second bolt, which closely followed the first, struck the edge of the roof on the south end of B. E. Wood’s residence and knocked a few shingles off. No further damage was done here and Mr. and Mrs. Wood were very fortunate to escape injury and possible death as they were in the room almost directly beneath the place where the lightning did the damage.

Saturday morning it was quite warm, men appearing on the street without coats, but by four o’clock in the afternoon a pronounced change had taken place, the weather growing quite cool.

Rain continued to fall until some time in the night, when the sky cleared and on Sunday morning a white frost covered the ground. In some places thin ice was formed on water in tubs, watering troughs, etc.

The weather continued cold all day Monday and many people busied themselves in putting up stoves. Another big frost greeted the people Tuesday morning.

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