Wet weather in Augusts past…

… recorded by James Stevens in his Diary.

Thursday 18th August 1898  –  Very hard thunder and very heavy rain at Penzance and Madron and Zennor way, and big hail stones, one at Penzance measuring five eighths of an inch in diameter, but very little rain fell here at Sancreed.

Saturday 5th August 1899  –  Heavy thunderstorm last night, rain and hail breaking glass at Penzance and elsewhere.

Saturday 29th August 1908  –  The weather this week has been outrageous rough, rain falling like sheets of water at night, with lightning and thunder and at times very hard wind.

Saturday 12th August 1911  – Awful storm of thunder and lightning early this morning and hard rain and thunder most of day.

Saturday 3rd August 1912  –  Very hard rain all day. Much hay out yet in many places. 

Monday 26th August 1912  –  This has been the wettest hay season and harvest ever remembered, farms up the country and houses flooded and thousands rendered homeless by their houses filled with water. 

How often do we say “August never used to be this wet when I was younger”, but maybe we just remember the sunny days and forget the downpours.

In fact August 1912 was the wettest UK Summer on record, only surpassed 100 years later by the soggy Summer of 2012!





Author: Ann - Editor of James Stevens's Cornish Diary

My interest in family history began in 2010 and eventually led to the discovery of my Cornish ancestors. One of these was my Great-great-grandmother's sister, Honor Stevens, and her husband, James. Having read a copy of his published Diary I realised how useful it could be to other family and local history enthusiasts, so I spent the next few years re-transcribing it and producing a PDF version. I finished the transcription in August 2016, although it's clear it's going to be a continuing project as I add more background information. As I live about 5 hours drive from Cornwall, I'm able to holiday in the beautiful County of Kernow (or should that be Country!) at least once a year, visiting and photographing the places connected with the Stevens family. I've also been lucky to have the support of direct descendants of James & Honor, as well as local residents and organisations, who have helped with information and photos.

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