December 10, 1819 – Heavy showers of rain have filled our empty water casks. Much thunder and lightening. It is thought by the officers that the lightning has once passed down the conductor. Happy for us the Brig is furnished with a lightning rod, tho’ too small, and too short to reach from top gallant mast to a sufficient depth in the water. (Thaddeus Journal)
10th. N. Lat. between 2 and 3 degrees. The equinoctial storms, which have prevailed for two or three days past, have rendered out situation very uncomfortable, though the water we catch is very useful. Furing these storms we have had much thunder and lightning; a flash has run down the lightning rod, but no essential injury has been done.
Good is Jehovah, in bestowing sunshine
Nor less his goodness in the storm and thunder,
Mercies and judgments, both proceed from kindness,
Infinite kindness. (Samuel & Nancy Ruggles)
Dec 10. Four two days past it has been extremely hot. Today we have had much rain, with heavy thunder and lightning. One flash struck the main-top-mast but without any essential injury. It is a little cooler, but remains uncomfortably warm, which much depresses my spirits. Probably my dear friends are gathering around a large fire and shivering with the cold, while I am experiencing the reverse. The weather is similar to the warmest and most sultry days in August. We are now about three or four degrees north Latitude. (Mercy Partridge Whitney Journal)