And I donīt mean electrical. Although electric power was lost in many places.
I have talked to several older folks in my home town here in NW PA and they all remember the day the sun went out.
Some of the versions vary a bit but most basic points are agreed upon.
I thought I had pinpointed the year to 1946. The weather was warm and most likely was in late Aug.
About noon or 1PM on that day, they all noticed a darkening of the sky. By 3-4 Pm it was dark. Pitch black dark. Not twilight but so dark you couldnīt
see your hand in front of your face dark.
When the darkening started the sky was overcast or atleast appeared gray. You really couldnīt see clouds. After the darkeness set in, there were no
stars, no wind, no fog, no smell of smoke.
Many places reported loss of electricity and even natural gas where it was available at that time.
NYC was blacked out. Reports of panic and people stuck in elevators covered the front page of local newspapers.
The official story given was a huge forest fire in Canada causing a smokey upper atmosphere that blotted out the sun.
The people I talked to remember at least 2 -3 days of darkness. Pitch black darkness.
Also that year (I was told) an electric plant in Niagria Falls was damaged by an earthquake.
So, Iīm wondering, how wide spread was the black out? Who remembers it? Was there really a fire in Canada that year and would/could it have caused
that kind of black out.
And why the loss of electricity and natural gas? It was just smoke supposedly although no one remembers smelling the smoke.
Enquiring Minds want to know.
I did some searches and couldnīt find anything about a NYC black out or a forest fire in Canada in that time frame. I checked the Canadian version of
the US forest Service and there is no record of a huge forest fire anytime around that year. If the black out was caused by a fire you'd think it
would have to have been pretty big.
I also went to the local library and checked the newspaper archives for 1946 and found nothing.
I'm going back and check 1945.
My mom remembers it well and she remembers seeing it written up in the paper. It was also broadcast on local radio.
One person said they thought there may have been an article in Time magazine.
It has to have happened between 1944 and 1947.