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’
El verano de 2013 podría ser el más frío desde 1816
Thanks to Brian Payne and John Midgley for these links