Thursday, August 25, 2011

Weather Saves Washington DC in War Of 1812

AUGUST 25, 1814
After the British Army took Washington on the 24th and burn it, fires were still burning on the 25th. A severe thunderstorm with a tornado tore through Washington that killed several British soldiers and buckled the heavy chain bridge across the Potomac River. The very heavy rains associated with the storm also helped put out the fires set by the British troops. (p.31-32 Washington Weather Book 2002 by Ambrose, Henry, Weiss)

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