1888 was a cold year in the eastern half of he United States. The Great Blizzard of '88, or the Great White Hurricane in March 1888 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in American history. The summer of 1888 returned to more normal temperatures especially in the southern states with usual bouts of heat and humidity. But on September 24, 1888 a severe frost struck South Carolina, Georgia and even reached into northern Florida effectively putting an end to the growing season at least a month and a half early.
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