This was more than a mild climate fluctuation.
Unfortunately, there was no volcanic eruption, celestial collision, or nuclear holocaust to blame.
No recorded precedent for this change existed. Any plausible explanation was desired, but authorities remained ominously silent.
On a July afternoon, James and his children stood on the Second Street Bridge and watched a boat push several barges of coal up the river.
James couldn’t help but comment on the coal, which was more precious than ever.
His children didn’t know any better. Even the oldest was too young to remember summers in the northern hemisphere before the cooling.