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"Flakes of Beef, Snow in Milton"

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, March 03 2016 Mar 3, 2016 March 03, 2016 4:13 AM March 03, 2016 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Occasionally I’ll grab “unusual” weather-related items from the “Almanac of the Infamous, Incredible and Ignored.” On this date in 1876, residents of Olympian Springs, Kentucky were wondering how flakes of beef fell from a clear sky. Measuring one to four inches long, the thick shower of meat covered trees and fences over an area of 100 yards by 50.  Residents reported that wind was not a factor in the dispersion of the meat.  Accounts of the event appeared in the Scientific American and New York Times including one startled witness who ate some of the “shower meat,” noting that it tasted fresh, like mutton or venison – yummy...  Inside an office in Newton, New Jersey on March 3, 1929, buckshot fell at different intervals over three days. Other March weather items include March 6, 1954. Our friend, Adrian Harris, noted that Florida received its greatest snowfall when four inches whitened the panhandle city of Milton while two inches covered Pensacola over a 24 hours period.  On March 5, 1997, a swath of hail, five miles wide, stretched from McLain, Mississippi to Leaksville.  The depth of the hail ranged from six inches to a foot in Leaksville. The hail drifted to the edge of the elementary school and was still visible the next day.  On March 4, 1841, President William Henry Harrison took the oath of office on a cloudy, windy, day with the temperature around 48 degrees. His speech lasted a hundred minutes, followed by a horse ride from the Capitol Building without a hat or overcoat. Over the next few days he suffered a cold that escalated into pneumonia and he died one month later.

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