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dc.contributor.author Wang, H
dc.contributor.author Fu, R
dc.contributor.author Kumar, A
dc.contributor.author Li, W
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T17:27:49Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2010, 11 (4), pp. 1007 - 1018
dc.identifier.issn 1525-755X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/4291
dc.description.abstract The variability of summer precipitation in the southeastern United States is examined in this study using 60-yr (1948-2007) rainfall data. The Southeast summer rainfalls exhibited higher interannual variability with more intense summer droughts and anomalous wetness in the recent 30 years (1978-2007) than in the prior 30 years (1948-77). Such intensification of summer rainfall variability was consistent with a decrease of light (0.1-1 mm day-1) and medium (1-10 mm day-1) rainfall events during extremely dry summers and an increase of heavy (.10 mm day-1) rainfall events in extremely wet summers. Changes in rainfall variability were also accompanied by a southward shift of the region of maximum zonal wind variability at the jet stream level in the latter period. The covariability between the Southeast summer precipitation and sea surface temperatures (SSTs) is also analyzed using the singular value decomposition (SVD) method. It is shown that the increase of Southeast summer precipitation variability is primarily associated with a higher SST variability across the equatorial Atlantic and also SST warming in the Atlantic. © 2010 American Meteorological Society.
dc.format.extent 1007 - 1018
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Hydrometeorology
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1175/2010JHM1229.1
dc.title Intensification of summer rainfall variability in the southeastern United States during recent decades
dc.title.alternative en_US
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
duke.date.pubdate 2010-8-0 en_US
duke.description.endpage 1018 en_US
duke.description.issue 4 en_US
duke.description.startpage 1007 en_US
duke.description.volume 11 en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Hydrometeorology en_US
pubs.issue 4
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment/Earth and Ocean Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Pratt School of Engineering
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Pratt School of Engineering/Civil and Environmental Engineering
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 11

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