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Ancient Irish texts show volcanic link to cold weather
BBC News ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013 | Matt McGrath

Posted on 06/08/2013 11:22:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

In the dim light of the Dark Ages, the Irish literary tradition stands out like a beacon.

At monastic centres across the island, scribes recorded significant events such as feast days, obituaries and descriptions of extreme cold and heat.

These chronicles are generally known as the Irish Annals and in this report, scientists and historians have looked at 40,000 entries in the texts dating from AD431 to 1649.

The researchers also looked at the Greenland Ice Sheet Project (GISP2) ice-core data...

The scientists in the team identified 48 volcanic eruptions in the time period spanning 1,219 years. Of these, 38 were associated closely in time with extreme weather events identified in the Irish texts.

"These eruptions occur and they override existing climate patterns for a period of two or three years," said Dr Ludlow...

The research team believe the texts are accurate as the annals also record solar and lunar eclipses which can be compared with other contemporary sources...

The researchers say that one expected effect of volcanic eruptions that occur in tropical regions is to make for milder winters in northern latitudes.

But in this study, they found several instances of these type of eruptions causing extremely cold winters in Ireland. The team believes their work shows the complex nature of volcanic impacts on climate, and they say there are lessons for the future in the ancient texts.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; fartyshadesofgreen; globalcooling; godsgravesglyphs; greenland; ireland; volcano
Annals written at the monastery at Clonmacnoise recorded significant events including extreme weather

Ancient Irish texts show volcanic link to cold weather

1 posted on 06/08/2013 11:22:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 06/08/2013 11:23:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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3 posted on 06/08/2013 11:24:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Potato famine?


4 posted on 06/08/2013 11:26:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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5 posted on 06/08/2013 11:29:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


6 posted on 06/08/2013 11:29:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Someone should keep an *eye* out for more of these.


7 posted on 06/08/2013 11:30:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
We have a modern example of how a major volcanic eruption can affect world climate: Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. After Pinatubo erupted, the result was a number of years of WAY above normal rain on the US West Coast and serious droughts in Australia.
8 posted on 06/08/2013 11:40:18 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That was caused by a potato-killing disease, not a cold-winter event, IIRC.


9 posted on 06/08/2013 11:53:52 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m glad to see historical sources used to generate real climate data instead of models with lots of built in biases.


10 posted on 06/08/2013 12:29:10 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: tbw2

I wholeheartedly agree.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1842310/posts?page=31#31

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2127932/posts?page=10#10


11 posted on 06/08/2013 12:57:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: zot

It’s again the Irish upsetting someone’s apple cart. (sarc)


12 posted on 06/08/2013 1:26:31 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: coloradan

I know that, but who’s to say that the potato blight wasn’t caused by a weather event? There’s old Irish songs that talk about extremely cold and wet weather where the peat wouldn’t even burn.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 2:50:42 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. As you know, keeping good records is very important.


14 posted on 06/08/2013 8:08:12 PM PDT by zot
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To: SunkenCiv
I need to find out what happened to the copy of How the Irish Saved Civilization that I bought my father. (Or, you know, just buy my own copy.)
15 posted on 06/09/2013 11:25:54 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Hmm, now that you mention it, there may be a copy of that around here... or maybe the audiobook version.


16 posted on 06/09/2013 7:22:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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