Snow (and ice) instead of a picnic on the fourth of July. Frost in August. Failed crops. Hungry families. Bankrupt farmers picking up and heading west. Sound like a horror film? Actually, it’s just West Virginia history, history from all the way back in 1816, a year which has infamously been called the year without a summer.
All in all, the Year Without a Summer in West Virginia was a trying time, and it had a lasting impact on the state’s economy, culture, and history. However, it also helped to foster resilience and ingenuity, as people found ways to adapt to the challenging conditions and make the most of a difficult situation. Today, the event serves as a reminder of how interconnected the world’s climate systems are, and how even a seemingly isolated disturbance can have far-reaching consequences.
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