Notable Natural Phenomenons

1643, March 5 :  Great Earthquake

1719, December 11th: Northern Lights are seen.  Mr. Stephen Jaques of Newbury takes note in his journal (24, page 190)

On September 16 and 17, 1727, there was a 
great tempest, and on October 29 of the same 
year there was an earthquake that threw down 
chimnies, opened the ground in stams a foot 
wide or more, threw up great quantities of white 
sand in the river, and lasted for a week.

1730, February 19: “The Earthquake was pretty loud before day” (24, page 200)

In 1733 appeared for the first time the scourge 
of caterpillars, that did great damage to the trees. 

1733 Coldest Winter

1733, March 12: Earthquake

1734 – 1736: moths devastated the trees (38, pg 155)

In November, 1736, there were 199 deaths 
from a throat distemper.

1749: drought and locust

1755: Nov 18th: largest earthquake in Massachusetts took place (11:35 UTC (GMC)) (39, page 34) called the “Cape Ann Earthquake”. Also excessive heat and drought.

1761: Drought causing families to be out of corn and Rye before winter’s end (Chase page 338)

1780: Winter known for remarkable severity.  And May 19th was known as “dark day”. In Ezekiel Gile’s Pocket diary: “Was the darkest day that ever wase nown and ye nite also it begun about 10 of ye clock and grew darker by degres til it wase sow dark that we wase oblige to lite a candel”.

1814 – Nov 28 “At about 7 o’clock in the evening a considerable heavy shock of an earthquake was felt at this village, shaking the buildings & crockery on the shelves. Saw a meteor at 8 which appeared to fall on the ground near Wm Chases’.” from John’s Day books.

1816: Very strong winds: Hurricane? Tornado?

1826: Hail Storm in East Parish

1936: Flood

1938 Hurricane

2009: Mother’s Day Flood

2016: drought