1816 - The Year Without a Summer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tulianr, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    I was watching a documentary tonight, which mentioned the phenomena of 1816, the year without a summer. I hadn't read much about it, and thought it interesting enough to share.

    During 1816, there was mass starvation across the northern hemisphere, due to a volcanic eruption - Mount Tombora, in the pacific - which occurred the preceding year. People in some northern states reported significant snowfall in June and July, and frost in August, during 1816. Most crops died in the field. Many of the crops which survived weren't worth harvesting.

    The documentary was exploring the possible consequences of an eruption of the super volcano underneath Yellowstone. It is believed that the Yellowstone volcano could result in the release into the atmosphere of sulfur dioxide gases at a level of a thousand times the amount of gases released by Mount Tombora. A "nuclear winter" for much of the world would result. It was a sobering thought. The documentary motivated me to redouble my prepping efforts.

    Here are a few links on the topic:
    Year Without a Summer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Year Without A Summer | 1816 Weather Disaster
    The Year Without Summer
    The Year Without a Summer | Farmers' Almanac
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It's a definite reason to prep, for sure.
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  3. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Yeah I heard about this from something on TV years ago and looked it up and printed info about it. I am much more concerned with global cooling than global warming(don't tell Al Gore!).
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  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    And in this day and age, where will I get a supply of virgins to appease the volcano gods?o_O
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  5. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Star Trek convention? *sorry couldn't help myself*
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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Not if she dresses as 7 of 9....
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  7. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    I was referring to the males there :p
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  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    follow the logic....if she dresses as 7 of 9, the males are less likely to remain virgins as well.....;)
  9. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    But you need them to be virgins so you can sacrifice them to appease the Volcano Gods, remember?
  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    And we are back to "where could I get sacrificial virgins....."?
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    There's an obelisk on the PSU campus, about which it is said it'll shatter and fall to pieces if a virgin walks by. So don't be looking for virgins at Penn State.
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  12. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    ...or the State pen.:eek:
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  13. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    Darn muslim jihadists have taken them all... all the more reason to dislike the jihad.
  14. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Mmmm.....7 of 9 was alright, but I'd rather have this little Vulcan. Stop and think about how perfect it is.....she's hot, and totally logical. Unheard of, on this planet!! ;)
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  15. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Hmmm... maybe some of Chell's girls with gun's posts are possible candidates....;)
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  16. RamboMoe

    RamboMoe Monkey

    Yes, that's a very interesting, and one of the more likely, scenarios we could see in our lifetimes.

    It's definitely a situation that inspires prepping. It's a very drastic scenario that will require preparation to survive, but at the same time is relatively short term and offers a chance at a future (unlike say, a nuclear war or comet strike, or massive climate change).

    It's awful to say, but a situation like that might actually help humanity long term, to thin out the population a bit, and reduce the environmental and resource pressures we have right now. Maybe it would lead to the shift in thinking we seem to need right now.

    This seems like one of those events that happen every few hundred years, with varying levels of severity.

    It will happen again eventually.
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  17. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

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  18. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

  19. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

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  20. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    We are over due for an eruption like that.
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