Some accounts of 1855
Father Ryan of Carn, Ireland
1855: The frost commenced on the 5th of January and continued increasing in intensity until a party of twenty persons crossed upon the Ice from Dreenan (a townland on Boa Island in Lower Lough Erne) onto Muckross Point. (About three miles west from Pettigo towards Belleek)
On the 17th of February at Pettigo the snow fell to cover the ground about six inches.
On the 22nd 23rd a Very warm and genial sun. The snow still covering the ground. N. Ryan
Great Snow on the 24th of February 1855.
On the 26th thaw.
On the 5th of March no spade or plough can enter the ground more than three inches. The frost under that depth is fully twelve inches; no field labour anywhere March [1st] 1855
March 7th Frost so hard that a spade can not enter the ground in the rear of my house Dated as above 1855.
March 14th The frost still in the mountains impenetrable to spade or plough.
April 23rd Potatoes planted. Turf cut on May 10th
May 3rd A great fall of snow and on this date no appearance of grass and the bushes and trees I may say without leaves. May 10th 1855
Sept. 1st 1855: After high winds and heavy rain for a week preceding, the weather has become fine 3rd a very hot day Potatoes doing well. The corn shorn It has been the calmest summer I have ever completed? at L(ough) Derg and it has been my 29th completed on that celebrated spot. (Everyone remembers the number of times they have completed the arduous Lough Derg Pilgrimage)
October 11th After a long continuation of the finest weather for handing corn sheaves this day has set in with heavy rain, the only wet day the 7th of August. N Ryan A fine crop of potatoes scarcely any affected by blight
Diary of Charles Tiplady Jan. 21. About this time a very severe frost commenced, and continued without intermission until the 20th February. All the large rivers in the Kingdom - Thames, Sever, Mersey, Exe, Dee, Ribble, &c. - were frozen over. Great distress in Liverpool, and bread-riots.
Feb. 18. Sunday. A sort of Fair was held on Rishton Reservoir; from 8,000 to 10,000 people visited it, the ice was two feet thick.
Feb. 22. Frost continues in unabated rigour.
Feb. 23. Yesterday the cold was intense; about 3 p.m, the wind veered to the south-east, and at 6 o'clock snow began to fall, and continued falling during the night.
Feb. 24-25. Thaw thoroughly set in, and lasted until March 1st.
Feb. 27. Went to London on the Gas Question. 28th, Appeared before Lord Redesdale in Committee; did pretty well; saw ice on the Thames.
May. 4. This year, up to this date, we cannot have had less than one hundred nights of severe frost.
May. 31. Dreadfully cold winds, winterly and wet.