Vomiting flames, as a volcano; from Latin flamma and vomo, to vomit.—Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850
On June 6 and 7, 1816, snow fell across much of New England — with twenty-inch drifts reported around Danville, Vermont — amid record low temperatures and chilling winds. Throughout that summer, farmers tried with varying success to salvage their crops, as preachers took the opportunity to spread the notion that this bizarre "global cooling" was simply God punishing the wicked. The intermittent snows continued, and on August 21, snow fell that would remain until the following spring. Some discouraged families packed up and moved south or went to find factory jobs in nearby towns and cities or to help construct the Erie Canal. This powerful cold snap had resulted from the eruption of Mt. Tambora on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa the year before, which caused temporary climate change in America, Europe, and elsewhere by sending ashes billowing into the upper atmosphere.
You ever notice that good weather isn't purported to be God rewarding the virtuous?