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Winter of 1962 (Great Nuclear War)

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The Winter of 1962 was a devastating winter following the Great Nuclear War. Due to a poor harvest, and harsh temperatures, this winter was particularly deadly. It resulted in widespread famine and disease, and killed additional millions. Most American survivor-states south of the Mason-Dixon line survived relatively unscathed (some mild snowstorms and prolonged cold spell), farther north, most harvests were rendered mostly useless, and deaths were high. It lasted from early November of 1962 to late April of 1963, and seemingly longer in some places.

However, even after the Winter, mass snow and ice melts caused mass flooding, causing further deaths and damagins livestock


A map indicating general temperature trends.

Growing Seasons

The Great Nuclear War permanently affected the growing seasons in affected areas.

January: Clear ditches; cut wood; breed sows; spread manure; "camping"; early lambs born.

February: Prune grapes and fruit trees; prune and mend hedgerows; mend fences; kill moles; plant willow; add lime, chalk and manure to soil; lambing continues; calving begins.

March: Plow and harrow as soon as the ground is soft enough; sow spring grains; calving continues.

April: Plant onions and leeks; plant flax; wean calves; get milking and dairy work underway; farrowing.

May: Weed winter corn; remove moss from thatched roofs and repair; sow pulses; capture swarming bees; mark sheep; plant beets, carrots, cabbages, and other garden vegetables.

June: Wash and shear sheep; shear lambs later in the month; start mowing hay.

July: Keep mowing that hay; harvest flax and hemp; begin harvesting winter corn.

August: Finish harvesting winter grain, begin on spring grain; gather in straw; plant turnips.

September: Harvest peas; breed cattle; harvest honey; plow fields for winter grain; sow winter wheat and rye; harvest apples, blackberries; take excess stock to market.

October: Sow winter barley and oats; harvest grapes; make wine and verjuice; breed sheep; let pigs forage on acorns and beechnuts.

November: Unsuspecting pigs get fatter and fatter; take in firewood; threshing and winnowing continue through the winter.

December: Slaughter hogs; never too early to shovel manure; Merry Christmas!

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