Fire scars reveal source of New England's 1780 dark day
McMurry, E.R. ; Stambaugh, M.C. ; Guyette, R.P. ; Dey, D.C.
Historical evidence suggests that great wildfires burning in the Lake States and Canada can affect atmospheric conditions several hundred miles away (Smith 1950; Wexler 1950). Several 'dark' or 'yellow' days, as such events are commonly called, have been recorded, often with anecdotal or direct evidence pointing to wildfires as the source (Plummer 1912; Ludlum 1972). One such 'dark day' occurred across New England in 1780, a year in which people were technologically unable to confirm the source of such a phenomenon. Here we combine written accounts and fire scar evidence to document wildfire as the likely source of the infamous Dark Day of 1780. © IAWF 2007. Reproduced from the International Journal of Wildland Fire (Erin R. McMurry, et al., 2007) with the kind permission of CSIRO PUBLISHING on behalf of the International Association of Wildland Fire.
McMurry, E. R., M. C. Stambaugh, R. P. Guyette, and D. C. Dey. 2007. Fire scars reveal source of New England's 1780 dark day. International Journal of Wildland Fire, v. 16, no. 3, p. 266-270. 10.1071/.
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