The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Year Without Sun
Definition: A term that denotes the summer of 1816 during which the abnormally cold climate destroyed crops in Northern Europe, the Northeastern United States, and Eastern Canada.

Notes:
1. The cold weather was caused by a massive eruption of Java's Mount Tambora that emitted huge clouds of ash that blocked the sun.

2. The Tambora eruption has been rated a seven on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, making it the largest eruption since the 180 CE Lake Taupo eruption.


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