As part of its Climate Change Connections series, NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce contributes a fascinating feature
on how the extreme weather of 1816 likely inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
. That year, the volcano Mount Tambora erupted in Indonesia sending vast amounts of dust into the atmosphere, influencing climate across the globe. In Europe, it was called "The Year Without a Summer," or "eighteen hundred and froze to death."