Europe’s Descent Into Climate “Catastrophe Of Biblical Proportions” …200 Years Ago In 1816!

The German Historical Museum published at its website a fascinating account of one of the continent’s worst disasters. What follows are some excerpts. You can read the whole account by clicking on the link.

It shows that bad weather has nothing to do with trace gas CO2 and “climate catastrophe” is nothing new.

Hat-tip: Gerti at Facebook


1816 summer temperature anomaly (°C) with respect to 1971-2000 climatology. Data source: Chart: Giorgiogp2, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The year without a summer: how Europe descended into climate chaos

The year 1816 is barely four months old and the people of Upper Swabia are already facing a catastrophe of Biblical proportions. […] in the months that follow, the rain falls and the wind howls without mercy – and snow even falls on the Swabian Jura mountains in July. … The consequences are fatal, not just for this region on the fringes of the Alps, but for all of central and western Europe.

Famine and exodus

The failed harvest is followed by hunger and chaos. Grain prices go through the roof, cattle perish or have to be slaughtered as a last resort, and people start looting. Soon, the entire supply system collapses. … This is followed by mass emigration: hordes of people leave … Baden and Württemberg are faced with exodus.

The rural population, in particular, turns to supernatural explanations, seeing the extreme weather as a punishment from God. ….a huge eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano on the island of Sumbawa (now part of Indonesia) in April 1815 is to blame for the plight currently experienced in Europe.

Extreme volcanic eruption

Thomas Stamford Raffles, the British Lieutenant-Governor of Java […] thought a cannon was being fired in the immediate vicinity. […] however, was some 800 kilometres away from Tambora. … It is now clear that this was one of the largest eruptions in modern human history.

Sulphuric gases make their way to Europe

…huge quantities of sulphuric gas were released. …aerosol clouds formed…arrived in the northern hemisphere, …and absorbed large amounts of sunlight. As a result, the weather in Europe went haywire. …

Prices spiralled further out of control, many people were left destitute… Anti-Semitism also flared up: Jews were vilified … there were even violent attacks on the Jewish population in many places.”

Like they falsely blamed God for punishing the people back then, today we find ourselves not a bit wiser barking again up the wrong tree.


7 responses to “Europe’s Descent Into Climate “Catastrophe Of Biblical Proportions” …200 Years Ago In 1816!”

  1. Robert Christopher

    In the light of current Climate Alarmism and the waste that it has caused, blaming God does not appear to be such a bad choice. 🙂

  2. Ric Werme

    Times were bad in New England too and was one of the triggers of a westward migration to better farming areas.

    1. John F. Hultquist

      Nice reporting.
      About the folks traveling west.
      Western Pennsylvania was the source of many of the logs that were used at Pittsburgh to build the boats that carried folks on the Ohio River. Small streams were dammed and the ponds loaded with fresh cut logs. At spring melt the dams were breached and the logs started on a trip that was about 80 miles (from my area in Clarion County). Young men would herd the logs, sell them, and then walk back. Including, so my mother claimed, some from our family.
      Not us, but here is a nice link:

      The link therein, to “float lumber”, mentions Toby’s Creek. We just called it Toby Creek. A spring, with their milk house built there, on my grandparent’s farm flowed into Toby’s Creek about 1,500 yards to the west.

  3. Ric Werme

    New Hampshire temps that summer. The green line is a modern average:

    1. toorightmate

      That is most alarming.
      Nothing has changed.

  4. Curious George

    Biblical proportions are no longer what they used to be. Krakatoa and other advances of science.

  5. gallopingcamel

    If another Tambora were to happen tomorrow you will be on your own as governments around the world have failed to sequester carbon in the form of non-perishable foods.

    Please buy beans, rice and other foods that will remain edible for years in the absence of refrigeration.

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