All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Friday, July 14, 2006

Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death

The weather these days stands in sharp contrast to that of 190 years ago. 1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer—a period of freakishly cold weather attributed by many to the eruption in 1815 of Mount Tambora in Indonesia.

This report from the July 10th Eastern Argus of Portland is typical:
The weather is yet remarkable! On Monday night last a smart frost was experienced in a number of towns in this vicinity—it was confined principally to low ground.
The Weather Doctor has a good overview of the meteorological events of 1816, as experienced throughout the Northeast.


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