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Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Planet Earth - 1816 - The Year Without a Summer
Climate reacts to sudden shocks.
The weather in
Spring arrived but then everything seemed to turn backward, as cold temperatures returned.
The sky seemed permanently overcast.
he lack of sunlight became so
severe that farmers lost their crops.
Food shortages were reported in Ireland, France, England, and the United States.
It was over 100 years before anyone understood the reason for this weather disaster.
The eruption of an enormous volcano on a remote island in the Indian Ocean a year earlier had thrown enormous amounts of volcanic ash into the upper atmosphere.
The dust from
, which had erupted in early April 1815, had shrouded the globe.
With sunlight blocked, 1816 did not have a normal summer.
In Switzerland, the dismal summer of 1816 led to the writing of a famous story.
A group of writers, including Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his future wife Mary, challenged each other to write dark tales inspired by the gloomy and chilly weather.
During the miserable weather
wrote her classic novel
This event was not unique.
A new study has found that 15 of the 16 coldest summers recorded between 500 B.C. and A.D. 1,000 followed large volcanic eruptions.
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