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Atmosphere 2017, 8(1), 20; doi:10.3390/atmos8010020

Possible Causes for Spatial and Temporal Variation of Warm Season Precipitation in Xinjiang from 1960–2014

State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
College of Resource and Environment Sciences, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, China
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Academic Editor: Robert W. Talbot
Received: 14 December 2016 / Accepted: 16 January 2017 / Published: 20 January 2017
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In this work, rain totals from 1960–2014, obtained during the warm season (May to October) from 52 meteorological stations, over Xinjiang, China were classified as either light, moderate, or heavy rain in two sub-regions (northern and southern). Spatial and temporal trends for rain amounts and days for the three rain classes were determined. All light, moderate, and heavy rain amounts displayed increasing trends over the two sub-regions. Furthermore, heavy rain amounts contributed the most to changes in total rain amounts. Light rain days in northern Xinjiang significantly decreased, in contrast to increasing light rain days in southern Xinjiang and moderate and heavy rain days within two sub-regions. Results obtained from correlation and relative weights analyses implied that lower-tropospheric specific humidity was the main factor responsible for light rain day trends in Xinjiang. Increasing temperatures were not found to have a significant effect. View Full-Text
Keywords: rain amounts; rain days; light rain; specific humidity; temperature rain amounts; rain days; light rain; specific humidity; temperature

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Song, S.; Ding, J.; Zong, Z.; Yang, A.; Luo, G. Possible Causes for Spatial and Temporal Variation of Warm Season Precipitation in Xinjiang from 1960–2014. Atmosphere 2017, 8, 20.

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