In the title to the current Carnival of the Vanities, the 368th overall, Andrew Ian Dodge gives a shout-out to the natural phenomenon known as the Spring T-Storm.

We know from such things out here: storms are as much a part of the spring as weeds, and even more unavoidable. I’ve already lost a couple of fence panels to high winds; a few years back, I lost an entire tree. Still, it could have been a lot worse. The city of İznik, in northwestern Turkey, was hit by three earthquakes in a single decade, the last coming in the year 368, motivating Emperor Flavius Julius Valens to order the reconstruction of the place. (You may remember it under its Greek name: Nicaea.)


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