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July-August 2018

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You may have heard of the Year Without a Summer of 1816, when the eruptions of volcanoes in Indonesia and the Philippines resulted in a few years of changes to global weather. In New England, midsummer frosts were reported, and crop losses were widespread across the globe. It's not possible to plot a synoptic weather map for 1816, but we can certainly find a similar pattern in modern years. We'll take a look at such an example this issue and reveal some of the patterns that are associated with unusual cold weather in the United States in July.

 

TIM VASQUEZ is a former Air Force forecaster and author of Digital Atmosphere, a weather forecasting software program. He lives near Norman, Oklahoma, where he keeps busy as a weather consultant and software developer

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