A 14th century climate transition period following centuries of warm European weather and before the onset of the so-called Little Ice Age bears a striking resemblance to some of today’s weather phenomena, scientists have said.
A new study by a team in Leipzig, Germany, is based on research combining physical climate data recorded in tree rings and sediment cores, along with written historical sources from the time, which together paint a vivid picture of how conditions changed and what the impacts were.
Starting in around 950AD and lasting for over 300 years, a climate anomaly known as the Medieval Warm Period raised temperatures in Europe, before a brief period of transition led to the onset of the Little Ice Age when global temperatures fell.
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