Pat Shingleton: "Lewis and Clark and Weather..."
When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their expedition of discovery to the Pacific Ocean, President Jefferson made sure they were well supplied. Along with the best Kentucky rifles, powder horns and lead shot, their supplies included portable soup, fish hooks, mosquito netting, flints, the finest instruments of navigation, a microscope, and cloth for trading. Lewis and Clark’s journals noted a variety of flora and fauna unknown to science at that time. As noted in a previous article, they also transported three thermometers into a portion of America where meteorological observations had never been reported. Their notations included the number of rainy, cloudy and clear days along with lightning, snow, hail, ice, seasonal prevailing winds and plants and animals reactions to the elements.