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According to predictions of the French Canal Meteo, there is a 70% chance of a complete absence of summer in Western Europe this year, making it one of the coldest and wettest summers since 1816 – almost 200 years.

This would occur because this year’s long, late winter has cooled the ocean, which, coupled with weak solar activity in recent months, could have a direct effect on the climate.

The last time this happened was in 1816, known as the “year without a summer” or “the year of poverty.” At that time the sun was in the midst of the Dalton Minimum, when magnetic activity was extremely low, and Tambora volcano erupted in Indonesia with a column of smoke so thick that it caused a decline in world temperatures.

For now, it seems that the predictions are fulfilled. In Spain, temperatures fell this week and will remain below normal, while storms and showers are expected mainly in the north and northeast of the Peninsula and the Balearics, according to the Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

AEMET spokesman, Alejandro Lomas, said this week the temperatures will be below normal and precipitation will be “generous” in the far north and much of the northern third. Also, this week in the southern half of the peninsula, thermometers also stay below normal and even expected snowfall in mountain areas.

Exposing the global-warming con job.

Spain braces for ‘coldest summer in 200 years’


See also:
El verano de 2013 podría ser el más frío desde 1816

Thanks to Brian Payne and John Midgley for these links


42 Responses to This summer could be the coldest since 1816 in Europe

  1. Alex says:

    It sure feel like a cold summer.
    In Eastern Europe it is rainy and cold, nights are particularly chilly, feels like September.
    In Subcarpathian area villagers are still using wood to heat their houses, very unusual for this time of the year. June forecast for Bucharest shows mostly below average temperatures, only a couple of days with temperature of +30C, that didn’t happened for a long time in the Romanian Plain in summer; usually at this time of the year in previous years we had temperatures close to +35C in Southern Plain.
    In highland and in the Mountains we have some snow:

  2. Cliffhild says:


    The 1816 ‘year without a summer’ was apparently due to low solar activity and the explosion of a large Volcano. All we need now is a large volcano explosion…

    • Matt says:

      I’m worried we won’t need a volcanic eruption.

    • C. Pete Davis says:

      If you have been paying attention, there have been many, many volcano’s erupting in recent years and many of those have been long dormant. One massive eruption or many erupting and sending reflective ash and rain causing sulphides into the atmosphere brings about the same results, colder temps with more cloud, precipitation and flooding. Global Cooling Continues…………..To accelerate! Global Food Shortages to follow.

  3. eco-geek says:

    I disagree. There will be a modest summer this year in Western Europe. But it is not this year we need to worry about it is the summers of 2014 to 2064+. Even then, next summer and the year after might not be too bad but the summers of 2016 onward are not going to be quite so pleasant as this one….


  4. Robertvdl says:

    Great news because many in europe no longer can afford the cost of the aircondicioner.


  5. Ian says:

    how soon will autumn start … followed by what kind of winter?

  6. Argiris Diamantis says:

    They could be right. Piers Corbyn is able to predict weather over longer periods, but he might not be the only one.
    Recent snowfall in Chile was 100 cm.
    Farmers in New Zealand were surprised by the amount of snow they received this week.
    The MSM do not mention these things. The new mini ice age is starting, there is unusually cold weather on both sides of the earth at the same time.

    • F. Guimaraes says:

      I agree totally, all signs are pointing in the same direction: colder climate in the years ahead.
      NH and SH simultaneously and, last but not least, it’s not caused by CO2!:-)

  7. John McC says:

    In Ireland temperatures have been very depressed. It has been the coldest Spring in N. Ireland since 1986. Ironically, today was the warmest day of the year so far with many places reaching 20C. Temps are expected to drop before the weekend.

    In recent summers in Ireland, warm sunny spells have been very brief – usually lasting only a day or two. Cloudy, cool conditions with wind and rain have been the norm.

  8. Ian K says:

    from one Ian to another. Here in Northeast PA we had a beautiful autumn weekend last week. The big bushy fair weather cumulus clouds, the smell of the air, the little critters gathering whatever they could find, the freeze warnings. Watch the animals, they seem to know. Stock up on the essentials while you can, before the hoarders go crazy.

  9. qfrealist says:

    Its already wetter than normal here in Brisbane 27 south, this is supposed to be the dry season. MIA approaches more precipitation, thats how they start.

    • Lloyd says:

      Yes, qfrealist, I’ve noticed that the weather is decidedly different for this time of they year in SEQ. We should be heading into the dry season by now, but still we have this wet stuff. Depressing.

      I wonder whether we are going to get the same sort of cold as the Northern Hemisphere – I doubt it – the two hemispheres work completely differently, and the oceans surrounding Australia tend to insulate it from extremes…

      • C. Pete Davis says:

        Actually, as the Southern Hemisphere seasons go, so goes the Northern Hemispheres. If you get a mild winter so do we, if you get a hot summer, so do we. If you get a lot of snow, so do we, if you get a lot of rain, so do we. We just don’t get quite as hot as you but if you get cold temps in your winter, we will get bitter temps in ours.

    • Laurel says:

      hoping for some of that down sth:-)
      have you noted? the BoM rave up re dry years ahead suddenly changed to wet winter
      expected since yesterday.:-)
      ENSO is near the La Nina .5 mark :-)
      always good for aus rain.

  10. BC says:

    The convergence of the Suess/de Vries and Gleissberg cycles. A cooling period is due for at least the next 2-3 solar cycles.

  11. andy says:

    In England the trees have only just managed to be covered in leaves. Everything is a minimum of 5 weeks late and there are stillworries of overnight frosts so cannot plant food yet and it is nearly june!

  12. BP says:

    When I see this I am reminded of the super investor Jim Rogers, who did not buy a beachfront home in Greenland, he moved his family to Singapore. Right on the equator. If he believed in global warming, he would be buying Baffin Island wheat fields, not hyper expensive digs on the equator, where if you believed in global warming would be so hot as to be intolerable, and and and …. under water.

    • Laurel says:

      funny that
      mr rising ocean flooding us all
      aka the Flim Flam man flannery
      went and bought riverfront land as well.

  13. frank says:

    has anyone read or listened to R o b e r t? He has been saying for years this was coming.

    • C. Pete Davis says:

      My Global Cooling research led me to Robert’s site several years ago. I was humbled by the length of time he had been writing about and predicting this. Others have FINALLY seen what is REALLY happening , have read a few articles, are now jumping on the bandwagon and acting like they knew this all along.

  14. Rhys Jaggar says:

    Perhaps folks should look at the snowfall cover patterns for Siberia and compare to 2007 (as is done on the http://www.wattsupwiththat.com sea ice page)?

    You’ll see that snow cover is far less widespread this year than in 2007.

    Says that, although it’s undoubtedly cold in Europe and in the US/Canada, perhaps its not so cold in Siberia??

    Swings and roundabouts……..

    • BP says:

      Not so much. There was record cold in Siberia, and colder weather means less precipitation. Look at the Antarctic. Most parts get only a few inches or a couple of feet per year.

      What matters is how much snow melts, and how long the season is. Siberian drought in the form of less snowfall can reduce Arctic ice and lower Arctic ocean temperatures by increasing salinity.

  15. Ken says:

    What’s the problem – all Europe needs to do is burn more coal and natural gas. The CO2 will warm it right up. Guess Europe went a little to green. LOL

  16. peter shuttleworth says:

    Here in the UK, the weather has seen the most extreme in conditions which is not in line with the seasons. We have the coldest March, April and looks like May too with precipitation at its highest. We no longer have summers compared to the 70s or early 80s. It’s been a gradual shift towards global cooling and they link the BP oil spill and gulf stream as to suggest colder climates….disinformation

  17. Robertvdl says:

    French Ski Resort To Open For Skiing in June For The First Time In History!

    Spanish Pyrenees too

  18. BK says:

    Europe will see some summer weather, but for one reason only, no Tambora eruption to make matters worse…

    • C. Pete Davis says:

      You forget about all the volcano’s-many long dormant-that have been erupting in recent years. Their ash and sulpides have been collecting in the atmosphere and are now contributing to Global Cooling and globally heavy rains.

  19. Willard Ferch says:

    Old Mother Nature continues to make fools of even the absolute brightest, most well educated intellectual geniuses like Algore,et al. Absolutely amazing! Fiddlin

  20. Juergen says:

    Ireland had a very nice sunny day, yesterday.
    What was on the radio? Warnings of heavy farming traffic, as all farmers tried to use the spell of good weather to do whatever they needed to do.
    Today, another dull day.

  21. Harold says:

    In the US, 1816 was known as “Eighteen hundred and froze to death.”

    • F. Guimaraes says:

      I guess how much of our present “global temperatures” estimates are realistic for any period before the XX century.
      People don’t even agree about how much warmer the 1930’s were.

  22. reezeh says:

    Those daffodils in my garden have finally finished flowering. Just.
    No, I don’t live 14,000 feet up a mountain. My house is 590 feet asl, lat 53.5N and long 1.5W, approx, in a city called Bradford.
    Since and including, 2007 not seen a summer here. This year not even seeing much in the way of a spring either.

  23. Earl Robin Hood says:

    What say you…..Al Gore

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  27. Isabel says:

    I live in the Highlands of Scotland and everything here was very late in arriving. The late snow falls aren’t unusual for us! The strange thing is the amount of seeds all the plants and trees are producing. In all my 40+ years ive a never seen as many as there is this year. Do you think that this is a result of the Solar maximum and impending cooling period?

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