Horrifying account of the Little Ice Age – Segment 6

A must-see video.

“When I talk to people about the Grand Solar Minimum (GSM) I usually point them to the BBC documentary called “Little Ice Age Big Chill”,” says reader Norman Grant Smith. “I tell them that the documentary will show them exactly what happened during the last GSM, and this is exactly what will happen in the GSM that is starting right now.”

“This video is an amazing history lesson. And it’s also kind of a horror story as well. People eating their children. Thousands and thousands of “witches” being burned for “causing the clouds rain storms, snow storms, crop failures, plagues etc. That kind of thing. It’s a must-see for all of us.”

This is a l-o-o-o-o-n-g video, so I’ve taken notes (below) in 10 to 15-minute segments.

Here are notes from the 1:08-minute to the 1:16:20-minute mark.

The notorious “Year without a summer.”

In the year 1815, earth witnessed one of its most spectacular natural disasters, the eruption of Mount Tambora, a 13,000-foot volcano thought to be extinct on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia. The top 4,200 feet (4/5ths of a mile) of the mountain was blasted skyward, spewing 36 cubic miles (150 cu km) of debris as much as 15½ miles into the atmosphere. Tambora ejected 100 times as much ash as did Mount Saint Helens in 1980.

Within minutes, 70,000 people on the island and a neighboring island died, then soared to 90,000 very soon after that.

That winter, Hungary noticed that its snow was brown. In parts of Italy that normally don’t get snow, the snow was red.

In 1816, the Arctic weather decimated Europe’s crops. Starvation ensued, and for the weakened survivors, disease became widespread. In Ireland alone, 100,000 people died of typhus directly related to the eruption. That summer, the fictional Frankenstein was born.

In France, rioting mobs attacked grain carts on their way to market. In England, the starving hoisted banners reading “bread or blood” as they looted and vandalized town after town. In Switzerland, desperate villagers seized Russian grain shipments at the border. Tens of thousands of Europeans starved to death. Just as many fled Europe, hoping to rebuild their lives in America.

But Tambora’s chilling influence had descended with equal ferocity on the United States.

In June, 14 months after the eruption, the skies over New England turned icy cold. Temperatures plummeted below freezing, and five days of snow fell in the northeast. Snow persisted sporadically throughout July and August. Ice formed on lakes in Vermont. Icicles a foot long clung to the eves of houses and hundreds of newly shorn sheep froze to death.

The cold destroyed thousands of America’s crops. Seventy-five percent of its corn was ruined. Across the northeast food shortages mounted, and agricultural prices skyrocketed, and birds fell dead out of the sky. People began referring to it as “Eighteen hundred and froze to death,” or else, “The Year Without A Summer.”

Many New Englanders gave up. They said “no more New England,” and moved west.

I stopped taking notes at the 1:16:20-minute mark. See more tomorrow.

Thanks to Norman Grant Smith for this video