Year without a summer?

Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

No one I know has brought this up since the Iceland eruption, so I’m going to blog about it.  Anytime a volcano erupts in an ash cloud, I remember a little piece of american & european history called nicknamed “The Year Without a Summer”

in short:

In the spring and summer of 1816, a persistent dry fog was observed in the northeastern United States. The fog reddened and dimmed the sunlight, such that sunspots were visible to the naked eye. Neither wind nor rainfall dispersed the “fog”. It has been characterized as a stratospheric sulfate aerosol veil.

In May 1816, however, frost killed off most of the crops that had been planted, and on 4 June 1816, frosts were reported in Connecticut, and by the following day, most of New England was gripped by the cold front. On 6 June 1816, snow fell in Albany, New York, and Dennysville, Maine  Nearly a foot (30 cm) of snow was observed in Quebec City in early June, with consequent additional loss of crops—most summer-growing plants have cell walls which rupture even in a mild frost. The result was regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality—in short, famine.Go at to read more.

The general wisdom cause was:

The eruption of the 1815 (April 5–15) volcanic Mount Tambora eruption  on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia

The Iclandic eruption is already having an effect.

Kenyas exoctic flower markets are literally dying.

Food for thought and a word for the wise, just because it’s important doesn’t mean it’s on the news.

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