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Climate on Tap: A Frozen Penobscot Bay and Other Musing from Maine’s Climate Archives – S. Birkel & K. Maasch

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Sean Birkel and Kirk Maasch as they open the vault on Maine’s historical climate archives! 


Many people are familiar with the fabled “Year Without a Summer” of 1816, when several unusually intense cold waves brought killing frost, and even snowfall, to Maine during the summer months. But fewer people know that during some of the coldest winters of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries the Penobscot Bay froze, permitting foot- and even vehicle -traffic on ice between the mainland and islands. Some winters were so intense that “ice embargoes” brought ship travel to a halt along the East Coast in Long Island Sound and Chesapeake Bay – a stark contrast with today’s climate.


February 28th, 2024

Nocturnem Draft Haus, 56 Main Street, Bangor, ME

5:30 – 6:30 PM


February 28
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm