Opposite Trends in Light Rain Days over Western and Eastern China from 1960 to 2014
AbstractIn this work, we examined spatial and temporal trends for light rain days based on daily precipitation measurements, obtained from 1960 to 2014, from 590 meteorological stations in China. For the analyzed time interval, light rain days over eastern China were determined to decrease by 0.23 days·year−1. In western China, they increased by 0.3 days·year−1. To detect underlying causes for changes in light rain days, lower-tropospheric relative humidity was set as a proxy for light rain days. We then calculated the respective impacts of lower-tropospheric temperature and specific humidity on changes in light rain days. A comparison of the contributions of temperature and specific humidity resulted in the identification of the main cause of changes. Our results indicated that increases in lower-tropospheric temperatures reduced light rain days over the entire country, while variations in specific humidity dominated regional differences for light rain day trends. View Full-Text
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Song, S.; Jing, C.; Hu, Z. Opposite Trends in Light Rain Days over Western and Eastern China from 1960 to 2014. Atmosphere 2017, 8, 54.
Song S, Jing C, Hu Z. Opposite Trends in Light Rain Days over Western and Eastern China from 1960 to 2014. Atmosphere. 2017; 8(3):54.Chicago/Turabian Style
Song, Shikai; Jing, Changqing; Hu, Zengyun. 2017. "Opposite Trends in Light Rain Days over Western and Eastern China from 1960 to 2014." Atmosphere 8, no. 3: 54.