Have you ever wondered what the weather was like in past years?  There is a way to look at the average temperature for a month at a time beginning in 1895: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/.  The Farmers’ Almanac website has the history of the weather each day going back to 1945: http://farmersalmanac.com/weather-history/.  You can also get the history of the weather going back to the 1700s through the National Weather Service: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/.  The website only requires payment if you request a certified copy of the documentation.  However, you will still need to make a selection and add it to your cart.  When you check out, an email address is required in order to send the information.  You will not get the information right away but they will email you when the information becomes available.
For more weather history, check out: http://www.weather.gov/timeline

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Mergen, Bernard. Weather matters: an American cultural history since 1900. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2008.

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