Category Archives: weather

1947 snow in Red Lion

As a change from the current snow, here are some photos of Red Lion snows of years past. They are from a collection of photographs taken by D. Miriam Smith, long-time chronicler of the Red Lion area. The collection has … Continue reading

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York County’s St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church 1887 encounter with lightning

Summer brings thunder and lightning. Here is an account of a quite powerful lightning strike at St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church in Codorus Township. It is from the June 28, 1887 York Gazette. FEARS OF LIGHTNING—During the storm on Monday, the … Continue reading

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York County weather from the past

The July 16, 1953 Gazette and Daily carried an article on Harry C. Arnold, superintendent at the York Water Company; he had been recording the weather at the York Pumping Station since 1915. He used three instruments: “an alcohol thermometer … Continue reading

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Roofs, lumber and gloves were flying during Hanover’s 1915 tornado

I was looking through the Hanover photograph files at York County Heritage Trust and came across these photos of the wreckage left behind by the 1915 Hanover tornado. I had heard of it, but never imagined it was so destructive. … Continue reading

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Flood of 1933 Raged through Felton

In a post last week I noted that the Flood of 1933 took out two covered bridges at Muddy Creek Forks. Felton is further upstream on the north branch of Muddy Creek, but in a valley, so waters rage and … Continue reading

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Farewell to York County covered bridges.

No wonder York County can’t claim any covered bridges anymore. Hurricane Agnes destroyed the last one, at Bentzel’s Mill, in 1972. Previous storms and floods took their toll of many others over the years. Lila Fourhman-Shaull, Director of Library and … Continue reading

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York Native Artist Finds New Use for Sculpture

“Pekin Drake,” sculpture by Charles Rudy I have been doing research for a future York Sunday News column on York born and raised sculptor, Charles Rudy. I’ll share more on his life and works later, but considering the weather conditions … Continue reading

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York County Had Lots of Snow in 1831

Sleighing party drawn by Lewis Miller I just sat down to blog about an entirely different subject when it struck me that I had never shared my February 2007 York Sunday News column on the big snowstorm of 1831. At … Continue reading

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Former York County Pastor Nearly Blown Away

You know how when it is really windy we sometimes exaggerate and say we were almost blown over. According to the York Dispatch of April 26, 1928, Rev. Dr. Milton K. Foster didn’t have to exaggerate:

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