Skip to comments.Ancient Irish texts show volcanic link to cold weather
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 ...
Annals written at the monastery at Clonmacnoise recorded significant events including extreme weather
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Someone should keep an *eye* out for more of these.
That was caused by a potato-killing disease, not a cold-winter event, IIRC.
I’m glad to see historical sources used to generate real climate data instead of models with lots of built in biases.
I wholeheartedly agree.
It’s again the Irish upsetting someone’s apple cart. (sarc)
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.
Thanks for the ping. As you know, keeping good records is very important.
Hmm, now that you mention it, there may be a copy of that around here... or maybe the audiobook version.
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