Posted: Jul 7, 2014 5:54 PM by Pat Shingleton
Monday's column identified the famous "Year Without a Summer." It was 1816 and it occurred as a result of the eruption of Mount Tambora. The volcano discharged dust and sulfurous gases that spread around the globe. The diary of Hiram Harwood of Bennington, Vermont, noted that on June 11, 1817, frigid temperatures found New Englanders building "roaring fires in their hearth, as killing frost turned leaves and gardens black." Once the cold snap ended, farmers replanted their crops only to have temperatures plummet again in July. On August 21st, hard frosts zapped crops in Boston and a snowstorm whitened the peaks of the Green Mountains. The eruption inflicted climatic changes all over the Northern Hemisphere and an example of global cooling.