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  • From the 1877 Dictionary of Americanisms.
    http://goo.gl/LlSr1

    "Norther A severe north wind which blows at particular seasons along the Gulf of Mexico as well as across the vast region lying to the north of it These northers upon the open prairies are exceedingly trying and when accompanied by snow or a freezing rain prove fatal to cattle and horses Teamsters herdsmen and travellers have also been known in many instances to perish I experienced a terrific norther on the high plateau of Texas in November 1850 which was accompanied by snow and lasted for three days

    February 25, 2013