Ancient weather records help scientist study climate

Published on February 29th, 2012 | by Admin

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Ancient weather records kept by Arabic scholars between 816-1009 AD are helping scientists study climate change.

Until now researchers have relied on official records detailing weather patterns including air force reports during WW2 and 18th century ship’s logs. Now a team of Spanish scientists from the Universidad de Extremadura have turned to Arabic documentary sources from the 9th and 10th centuries (3rd and 4th in the Islamic calendar). The sources, from historians and political commentators of the era, focus on the social and religious events of the time, but do refer to abnormal weather events.

“Climate information recovered from these ancient sources mainly refers to extreme events which impacted wider society such as droughts and floods,” said lead author Dr Fernando Domínguez-Castro. “However, they also document conditions which were rarely experienced in ancient Baghdad such as hailstorms, the freezing of rivers or even cases of snow.”

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One Response to Ancient weather records help scientist study climate

  1. Woodward says:

    I have a Parish Register from 1583. In it it records a weather event on the 21/03/1593; which was a Thursday – on which a ‘terrible wynde wiche blewe down houses and trees and did verye muche harme in Englande’ (verbatim) This was recorded at Ellastone Village about 2 or 3 miles from Alton Towers. Can anyone throw any light on this event or add anything useful to it. I would be very interested if so,
    Thanks in anticipation.
    Woody.

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