1816 – “The Year without a Summer.”

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – In UNDER OLD ROOFTREES, E. B. Hornby says:

The year of 1816 was the coldest ever known in this country. It is remembered as the year without a summer. There were snow and ice every month. On June 17th, a terrible snowstorm swept from New England to New York, in which travelers were frozen to death. Farmers worked in overcoats and mittens to but little purpose. Scarcely¬†anything planted grew…

The young fruit managed to get a start, when there came a freezing rain. Every cherry, pear, apple, plum and peach was encased in an armor of ice; and was literally shaved from the trees, by a fierce, cutting wind. On the fourth of July, ice formed an inch thick. There was great scarcity and consequent suffering during the ensuing winter. The grain crop was a total failure.