The Dragon Star
The Weather of 1137
The rains in Spain fall mainly on the plains…except when a comet breaks up in the atmosphere. The passage of the Dragon Star caused a number of weather-related issues that will last well into 1138.
When the comet hit the atmosphere, it started to burn off its outer shell, resulting in a large number of particles being scattered to the four winds. While some of the heavier particles eventually fell, a number of them managed to stay aloft for a long time, increasing cloud cover and rainfall for months. Likewise, fires along the Scar added their ash to the clouds, further darkening skies over Europe.
For the first two weeks after the comet, massive thunderstorms rocked Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. Many reported that the water looked odd, carrying dust and ash from the comet. Those who drank from the water claimed it fouled, with an odd taste and a strange grittiness. People, plants, and animals exposed to the rain all reacted poorly, with many sickening, and many of those dying.
Cloudy skies lasted for most of August, and remain abnormally cloudy well into next spring. Rainfall is greater than normal, making harvest particularly rough. Of the crops that hadn’t sicked in the storms, many were lost, rotting in the field (either due to the weather, or because no one was alive to harvest them), or picking up fungus due to the damp. Famine and disease are commonplace.
Overall, weather is slightly cooler, and the wet, cloudy days make it seem worse. Dry firewood becomes almost as hot a commodity as food when winter presses on. Dawn seems to come earlier, and dusk seems to come later, until late October, with the skies reflecting strange colors, like green, copper, or magenta. Snows come in thick, and travel is reduced to a crawl.
When spring of 1138 dawns, it will find the world cold, wet, sick, and hungry.