Trends in indices for extremes in daily temperature and precipitation over Utah, USA

Carlos A.C. dos Santos, Christopher M.U. Neale, Tantravahi V.R. Rao, Bernardo B. da Silva

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Abstract

The main objective of this study was to analyse the trends in 20 annual extreme indices of temperature and precipitation for Utah, USA. The analyses were conducted for 28 meteorological stations, during the period from 1930 to 2006, characterized by a long-term and high-quality dataset. The software used to process the data was the RClimdex 1.0. The analyses of extreme temperature indices have identified an increase in air temperature in Utah during the last century. Meanwhile, the analyses of precipitation indices showed a large variation throughout the studied area and time period, and, in general, with few statistically significant trends. Thus, it was not possible to conclude that significant changes in precipitation have occurred in this region over the last century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1813-1822
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Climatology
Volume31
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Climatology
  • Environmental impact
  • Global warming
  • Quality control
  • RClimdex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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