Sumner Burnham diaries  1853-1868
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This volume (around 440 pages), titled Meteorological Observations, contains meteorological records that Joel W. Andrews of Albany, New York, compiled from December 1, 1858-December 31, 1868. Andrews took barometric and thermometer readings 3 or 4 times daily, noted the wind direction, reported the day's maximum and minimum temperature, made remarks about weather conditions, and recorded monthly precipitation totals. Andrews made some observations while traveling in northern New York State and in Vermont; many entries mention the offices of Albany newspaper Atlas & Argus.

Andrews's notes occasionally concern astronomical phenomena such as the aurora borealis and meteor showers, and he pasted in newspaper clippings about a severe storm (May 1859) and a record high barometric reading (January 1866). On at least one occasion, his daughter Ada wrote in the volume in his place.

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