Hong-zhi: Year 16, Month 5, Day 23
16 Jun 1503
In Yun-nan, the Jing-dong Guard had, since the first month of the 15th year of the Hong-zhi reign (Feb/Mar 1502), seen innumerable head of livestock die from an epidemic. Then, from the 19th day of the 11th month (18 Dec 1502), there was a dark fog through which one could not even see the forms of other people and due to which one could not differentiate day from night. This lasted for seven (Alt: 17) days. Also, in the Long-chuan Pacification Commission, in the 10th month (Oct/Nov 1502), there was heavy rain and hail. The large hail-stones were the size of a fist and the small ones the size of chicken eggs. These destroyed the crops in the fields...
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 59, page 3692/93