Imagine snow falling - here in Michigan - in June. Ice covering lakes and rivers. Severe frosts in August. That's what happened in 1816, as the result of a volcano that erupted on the other side of the world the year before. Not only here in Michigan, but other parts of the nation and in Europe.

The Detroit Free Press has a fascinating perspective here on what happened the year that they say some 1,800 people perished as a result of the weather, including stories of birds falling frozen out of the sky.