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Interdecadal changes in the links between European precipitation and atmospheric circulation during boreal spring and fall

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Igor I. Zveryaev

P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS, 36, Nakhimovsky Ave., Moscow, RU
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Abstract

A gridded monthly terrestrial precipitation from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), University of East Anglia data set and the UK Met Office Northern Hemisphere mean sea level pressure data are used to investigate interdecadal changes in the relationships between precipitation variability over Europe and atmospheric circulation in the Atlantic—European sector during boreal spring and fall.

Singular value decomposition (SVD) analysis, performed for the climatic periods of strong/weak links to the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) during spring and fall, revealed considerable interdecadal changes both in the strength and the structure of the links between European precipitation and regional atmospheric circulation. During periods of strong links to the NAO, the leading SVD mode is characterized by the NAO-like meridional dipole in sea level pressure (SLP) fields and associated opposite precipitation variations over northern/southern Europe. When the links to the NAO are weak, the leading SVD mode is represented by the tripole pattern in SLP fields over the North Atlantic—European region, driving regional precipitation variability both in spring and fall. Further correlation analysis has shown that this mode is associated with the Scandinavian teleconnection pattern (SCA). Thus, for the considered seasons during periods of weak NAO influence, the SCA plays a role of major driver of the regional precipitation variability.

How to Cite: Zveryaev, I.I., 2009. Interdecadal changes in the links between European precipitation and atmospheric circulation during boreal spring and fall. Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, 61(1), pp.50–56. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0870.2008.00360.x
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  Published on 01 Jan 2009
 Accepted on 23 Jul 2008            Submitted on 17 Oct 2007

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