The Summer That Never Was

The Summer That Never Was

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  • Mountain Tambora, Sumbawa Indonesia 1815
  • AHHH!!!!
  • The World 1815-1816
  • Windham Maine June 1816
  •  Mount Tambora erupted killing 15,000 instantly,  65,000 more later from famine and disease, and sent ash to blanket the world. The eruption itself lasted two weeks. This later caused what our ancestors called The Summer That Never Was.
  • Windham Maine 1816 Continued
  • This is not our fault!
  • Please reconsider! I need money, I mean you to support the government!
  • By 1816 most of the northern hemisphere was covered in a thick smoke from the eruption. This destroyed many economies for the crop they planted in the spring, all withered in the decreased sunlight and frigid temperatures. In some areas, it snowed. This killed off many wild animals and caused one of the worlds largest food shortages. No one was prepared.
  • Windham Maine August 1816
  • Meanwhile, snow fell on the small town of Windham Maine. Many unprepared residents died within the first month of the cold and many more could have died if not for the plentiful stalk of fresh fish and game harvested from the earlier months. They soon had had enough and packed up their things and made their way west. 
  • Spring Maine 1817
  • The people in Windham had no clue what triggered the strange weather. They thought it was a punishment from God and they prayed all through the storm. Also, as the people moved west in hopes of a warmer climate the government officials lost their income. Everyone was out business. This was a time of both government and economical collapse.  
  • WHAT HAVE WE DONE! Time to move west :)
  • With the crazy weather patterns still taking place, the month of August brought a surprising mix of  elements.  There was both frost and sweltering heat with a drought and snow.  The storm raged on.
  • By late spring the following year the smoke had cleared and everything continued on. But, the memories of the previous summer will forever be infamously known as The Summer That Never Was.
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