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"The First Global Cooling"

3 years 6 months 1 week ago July 08, 2013 Jul 8, 2013 Monday, July 08 2013 July 08, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Continuing our column from Sunday and the famous "Year Without a Summer." It occurred in 1816 as the 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 frosts turned leaves and gardens black." Once the cold spell ended, the farmers replanted their crops only to have temperatures plummeting again in July. On August 21, hard frosts killed crops in Boston and a snowstorm whitened the peaks of the Green Mountains. The eruption inflicted climatic changes all over the Northern Hemisphere and is one of the first examples of global cooling.

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