Medieval weather records, including details from monks' diaries are helping experts work out how and why climates have changed over the past 500 years.
Edinburgh University scientists found the historic data, such as harvest records, matched modern computer simulations of climate patterns.
Researchers have assembled climate models to account for past events. They expect the models to work well for forecasting future climate conditions, especially predicting temperatures.
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