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"Terrible Storm" article from Greenfield Gazette newspaper

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On October 10, 1804, a "Snow Hurricane" hit New England. On the evening of the 9th, the temperature plummeted and a storm developed consisting of rain, snow, thunder and lightning. As the wind shifted from the southeast to the northeast, it was so strong that it blew down houses, barns, and trees. Snowfall depths ranged from 5 to 14 inches. It melted in a few days in the south, but in the north, it stayed on the ground until spring. The most damage was done to wharves and ships in the harbors. Many ships were run aground and wrecked, and many sailors lost their lives.


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