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The Year without a Summer

It is now widely thought that the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora—the largest in over 1,600 years—led to a widespread reduction in temperature in 1816 that destroyed crops and prompted food shortages and famine across the globe. The event became the primary motivation for western expansion in America, and the lack of horse feed inspired research into horseless travel. What novel is said to have been written by an author forced to stay inside by the unseasonable weather in July 1816? More...
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The Year without a Summer
It is now widely thought that the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora—the largest in over 1,600 years—led to a widespread reduction in temperature in 1816 that destroyed crops and prompted food shortages and famine across the globe. The event became the primary motivation for western expansion in America, and the lack of horse feed inspired research into horseless travel.
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Volcano-made climate change.
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The Little Ice Age had ended less than 10 years before. People living in this time must have thought that the warm weather in between was the aberration.

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
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In the Summer of 1816, as skies darkened across the world following a volcanic eruption, a group of Romantic writers gathered in a house on the shores of Lake Geneva and told one another ghost stories.

Two hundred years ago, darkness descended upon Europe. Summer became a season of gloom: crops withered, birds remained silent, heavy rains fell incessantly, and candles had to be lit at midday, as though it were the depths of winter. Earlier in the year, dark spots had appeared over the sun, and scientists wondered if they were the cause of the calamity. The strange, almost supernatural atmosphere of doom was captured by Lord Byron in his apocalyptic poem Darkness, dated from the same year:

“Morn came and went – and came, and brought no day,

And men forgot their passions in the dread

Of this their desolation; and all hearts

Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light.”

It would be more than a century before anyone found an explanation: the massive eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia had triggered a wave of extreme weather, a global “volcanic winter” – thus 1816 passed into the annals of history as “The Year Without a Summer”.

This was the summer in which Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, her soon-to-be husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, John William Polidori, and Claire Claremont met at Villa Diodati, on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The unseasonably cold and damp weather forced them to stay indoors and incited Byron to pronounce his legendary words: “We will each write a ghost story”. On the night of the 16th of June, a violent storm started the seed of creativity, producing two monsters that would prove pivotal to the horror genre: the creature of Frankenstein and the vampire. The gathering still echoes in popular culture as the epitome of the Gothic, not only for the fictional creatures it gave birth to, but also for the harrowing events that followed like a curse.

https://mjpcuervo.com/2017/07/25/the-summer-of-monsters/

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