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A concentration of the westerlies at the latitudes of Europe, about 400 _50 0 north, brings the gloomy summer days that keep farmers out of the fields, and the damp mild winters that bring forth buds too early. It brings the Westwetter, and encourages St. Anthony's fire. More preCisely, the Westwetter comes when the westerlies are slightly expanded-farther south than at other timesbut not greatly expanded, with strong north and south loops. When the Westwetter leaves, it is because the westerlies are farther north, or are looping so that Europe is not receiving its weather almost entirely from the Atlantic.
Relatively soon after that the Hittites appear to have abandoned the Anatolian plateau, moving to northern Syria (Carpenter, 1968, p. 46). So we do have historical records of famine for the Hittites. And we have an archaeological record that strongly suggests drought caused the famine and the resulting population dispersal. There are also some pollen records available from Lakes Abant and Yenicaga in Anatolia; the pollen analyst reported that "the forest changes indicated by pollen analysis could .
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