Once the thaw started it was very rapid. The huge quantities of ice and snow that had built up over the winter melted rapidly.
The second phase of flooding was one of the most disastrous natural events to occur in Central Europe during the past millennium
“The aristae of the barley, which was coming into ear, became brown and withered at their extremities, as did the leaves of the oats”
According to Geikie, there was a fall of ash in Caithness, Scotland, which spoiled the crops, and caused it to be called “the year of the ashie”
Around midmorn on Whitsun, June 8th of 1783, in clear and calm weather,a black haze of sand appeared to the north of the mountains nearest the farms of the Siða area.