CAUSE OF THE COLD
Its record as the coldest winter in Europe in half a millennium remains unsurpassed, a freakish freeze that still puzzles climatologists today. Various theories for the event have been put forward. In previous years, a number of volcanoes around Europe had erupted, including Teide (on the Canary Islands), Santorini (in the eastern Mediterranean), and Vesuvius (near Naples). Huge quantities of dust and ash in the atmosphere reduced the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth. The year 1709 also falls within the period known by climatologists as the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715), when the sun’s emission of solar energy was significantly diminished. Whether these events combined to create Europe’s glacial catastrophe that winter remains a matter of heated debate.
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It was a lovely comfortable world until ol’ Al invented his silly and quite unnecessary Anthropogenic Global Warming …
Christmas tree in a nice warm world.
So: which is better, being hot, or being cold? (HINT: visit the link above before you make up your mind. Brrrrr~!)