The autumn of 1873 seemed full of promise for the people of north and central Florida. Luck and the weather, two critical elements of life for an area dependent on farming, were favorable so far. The cotton bolls were ripening on schedule, and high yields were predicted. Farmers paid close attention to the weather, and hoped that the frequent thunder showers would not threaten their prospects of making a good crop. As the summer faded, first luck, then the weather, changed— and the changes dealt a ruinous blow to an agricultural region still mired in the hard times of Reconstruction.
Ellis, Mary Louise
"North Florida and the Great Storm of 1873,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 62:
4, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol62/iss4/6