Local newspapers provide an excellent source of information about
the weather, particularly the more unusual events. For Staffordshire
the most comprehensive and consistent newspaper source is the
Staffordshire Advertiser, 1795-1972, which was the county newspaper.
This is held for these years at the
William Salt Library, Stafford, Microfilm copies are also held
Stoke on Trent City Archives.
The Staffordshire Advertiser is complemented by runs of local
newspapers held at main libraries in the County. Contact your local
library for details.
As the county paper, the Advertiser covered both major weather
occurrences, which affected significant areas of Staffordshire, and
severe weather events, which had a marked impact on specific places.
For the 19th and early 20th centuries especially, the language used
in the articles is very descriptive and graphic and there is usually
a considerable amount of detail. Photographs of events and places
are not used, however, until after about 1930.
In addition to accounts of specific weather events, for the 19th
century there are also monthly agricultural reports, which provide a
summary of the state of agriculture in the county. Depending on the
situation at the time, these usually make some mention of the state
of the weather, which had a major impact on agricultural progress.
Newspapers are rarely indexed and so they can be quite
time-consuming to search. However they are extremely rewarding for
the details which they reveal about the county’s meteorological
Extracts from this archive source can be
found alongside other source material in the Month by Month section,
arranged chronologically to show the progression of weather through