On this Independence Day, I thought it might be interesting to point out the important connection between weather and the Fourth.
Some of this nation's forefathers were avid weather watchers. The agrarian-based society of the late 18th century was greatly affected by the weather and the influence on the livelihood of the people was high. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin were all deeply interested in weather and climate. In fact, it was Jefferson who divided his time in Philadelphia between purchasing weather instruments and signing the Declaration of Independence in July, 1776. Mr. Jefferson bought a thermometer and a barometer from a Philadelphia merchant during his "off" time from Declaration duties. His new thermometer registered a high temperature of 76 degrees in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.
Enjoy the Fourth!