From the June 18, 1815 issue of The Andes Recorder


In 1816 Ice Formed on Hudson River on Fourth of July

The year of 1816 was known throughout the United States as the year without a summer. January of that year was so mild that most people would have let their furnace go out had they possessed any, and February was only occasionally colder. March and April coaxed the buds and flowers out, and May was a winter month, with ice and snow. By the end of May everything perishable had been killed by the cold, and the young leaves had been stripped from the trees. June was a cold as May. Both snow and ice were common thruout the month all over the corn belt, and after having planted corn two or three times farmers threw up their hands. Snow fell ten inches deep in Vermont. The following winter was the hardest the people of the United States have ever known. It is stated that ice formed on the Hudson River on July 4th.~