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FARMING WEATHER

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1812 : the price of barley rose from 36 to 66 shillings and oats from 27 to 56 shillings a quarter.

quoted in Lewis, W.J., Labour in Mid Cardiganshire in the Early 19th Century, Ceredigion, IV, 326 (no source)

1813 : the harvest was 'immense' and prices were low

quoted in Lewis, W.J., Labour in Mid Cardiganshire in the Early 19th Century, Ceredigion, IV, 326 (no source)

1816 : very wet summer (the year without a summer)

Howells, Erwyd, (2005), Good Men and True, p. 63-70

Cambrian, 20.4.1816 (may also refer to earlier years)

1817 : a year of famine (because of low grain prices rather than bad weather)

quoted in Lewis, W.J., Labour in Mid Cardiganshire in the Early 19th Century, Ceredigion, IV, 326 (no source)

Particularly wet and dry summers affected Ceredigion farmers less than in cereal growing areas, but these could still have been disasterous for those who were self-sufficient and depended on their small cereal crops for bread and animal food.

1837: very wet summer

1838: very wet summer

After 1875 the weather deterioated and this is thought to have been one of the causes of agricultural depression and rise of cereal prices.

1879: very wet summer in Britain, with much loss of cereal crops

1887: drought in Wales

1893: drought in Wales

Jenkins, David, (1998), 'Land and Community around the close of the nineteenth century' in Cardiganshire County History, III, 109

1946 : wet summer

Howells, Erwyd, (2005), Good Men and True, p. 67

Daily measurements of sunshine, rainfall and temperature at Aberystwyth castle between 1894 and 1927 and at Frongoch Farm between 1925-2000 gives us a continuous set of readings for just over a century. The two sites, 2.3 km apart, also show just how the influence of the sea had on the climate. It has been shown that the difference between the two sets of data is not a result of climate change but of location.

Wilman, D., (2002), The weather at Aberystwyth in the past century, Weather, vol 57, July 2002, pp. 242-246

Jones, M.G., (1928), Meteorological conditions at Aberystwyth, 1894-1927. Welsh Journal of Agriculture, 4, pp. 254-268

D.M. Harding (1972) 'Floods and droughts in Wales' PhD thesis, University of Wales

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