TITLE

ANALYSIS OF THE TRENDS OF THUNDERSTORMS IN 1951-2007 IN JIANGSU PROVINCE

AUTHOR(S)
Wei Jian-su; Liu Mei; Zhang Bei; Yu Jian-wei
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Tropical Meteorology;Mar2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p58
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Based on the 1951-2007 thunderstorms in Jiangsu, a study is conducted for their climate trends, periodicity, spatiotemporal patterns, and the distributions of the first and last days of the thunderstorms at different guarantee rates (GRs) using climate tendency rate, wavelet analysis, and GR for diagnosis. Results suggest that the inter-annual number of thunderstorm days (TSDs) exhibits a decreasing trend in this province. The trend is displayed mainly in the decreasing TSD number in summer and autumn except in spring, when the variation is not significant in the study period. In this province, the TSD number declines by ∼2 days per 10 years. On an inter-annual basis, the pronounced positive departures of the number take place chiefly in the early 1960s, the late 1960s to the early-mid-1970s, the late 1980s, and the late 1990s compared with the negative anomalies dominant in the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, the mid-to-late-1990s, and the late 1990s to 2007. There are vast differences in the initial and ending days at diverse GRs in different areas of the province. At 50% GR, the earliest (last) days occur from mid-March to early April (early to late September) while at 80% GR, the initial (last) days are from late March to early May (early to late October). For the distribution of periods, the periods >8-10 years are relatively stable for the entire province. Based on 1951-2007 period analysis, the region north (south) of the Huaihe River experiences TSDs less (more) than normal days in recent years.
ACCESSION #
59648794

 

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