“I remember that when I was a small boy, say sixty years ago, snows were frequent and deep in every winter, to my knee very often, to my waist sometimes, and that they covered the earth long. And I remember while yet young to have heard from very old men that in their youth the winters had been still colder, with deeper and longer snows. In the year 1772, thirty-seven years ago, we had a snow two feet deep in the Champain parts of this state, and three feet in the counties next below the mountains . . .
“While I lived at Washington, I kept a Diary, and by recurring to that I observe that from the winter of 1802-03 to that of 1808-09 inclusive, the average fall of snow of the seven winters was only 14½ inches, and that the ground was covered but sixteen days in each winter on average of the whole. The maximum in any one winter during that period was 21 inches fall, and 34 days on the ground, the minimum was 4½ inches fall and two days on the ground."
Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to professor Nathaniel Chapman dated Dec. 11, 1809.
Guess old Tom didn't know that alla them cars and coal-fired power plants, and scazillions of folks using microwaves and sucking our energy resources dry while pumping untold unburned hydrocarbons into the atmosphere, were the true reasons for his bemoaning the loss of appreciably snowy winters.
None of them there stuff was around back then.
Just thank the powers that be that Algore wasn't alive. Tom's horses would have been fitted with methane barrier diapers.