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1816 The Year Without A Summer – The Eruption Of Mount Tambora

Mount Tambora

It reads like the script to a horror movie. A giant cloud of minuscule particles that spread around the globe, blocked sunlight and produced three years of planetary cooling. In June 1816, a blizzard pummeled upstate New York. That July and August, killer frosts in New England ravaged farms. Hailstones pounded London all summer.

How? Why?

In April 1815, the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history – Mount Tambora – shook the planet in a catastrophe so vast that 200 years later, investigators are still struggling to grasp its repercussions. It played a role, they now understand, in icy weather, agricultural collapse and global pandemics — and even gave rise to celebrated monsters. It lasted well over a year.

The article is fascinating. I have several books on the topic and they are amazing to read and think about.

Just one more disaster to contemplate.



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