Medieval monks predict climate change

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have matched diaries kept by monks, dating to 1500, to look at weather patterns from the past 500 years. The scientists have found that historical records closely parallel modern computer simulations of European climate patterns.

In addition to the monks' records, which were the earliest evidence found, the researchers looked at "harvest records and weather-station archives from the 17th through 19th centuries."  "The climate models seem to be working quite well for the past, so we should expect that — at least when it comes to temperature — they will do well for the future," said lead researcher Gabi Hegerl.