Temporal and spatial variability of precipitation from observations and models*

TitleTemporal and spatial variability of precipitation from observations and models*
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTrammell J.H, Jiang X., Li L.M, Kao A., Zhang GJ, Chang E.KM, Yung Y.
JournalJournal of Climate
Volume29
Pagination2543-2555
Date Published2016/04
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0894-8755
Accession NumberWOS:000372815100001
Keywordscirculation; climate simulations; Climatology; community atmosphere model; convection; extratropical ozone; global precipitation; Hydrology; interannual; interannual variability; northern-hemisphere; part i; Physical Meteorology and; tropical precipitation; variability
Abstract

Principal component analysis (PCA) is utilized to explore the temporal and spatial variability of precipitation from GPCP and a CAM5 simulation from 1979 to 2010. In the tropical region, the interannual variability of tropical precipitation is characterized by two dominant modes (El Nino and El Nino Modoki). The first and second modes of tropical GPCP precipitation capture 31.9% and 15.6% of the total variance, respectively. The first mode has positive precipitation anomalies over the western Pacific and negative precipitation anomalies over the central and eastern Pacific. The second mode has positive precipitation anomalies over the central Pacific and negative precipitation anomalies over the western and eastern Pacific. Similar variations are seen in the first two modes of tropical precipitation from a CAM5 simulation, although the magnitudes are slightly weaker than in the observations. Over the Northern Hemisphere (NH) high latitudes, the first mode, capturing 8.3% of the total variance of NH GPCP precipitation, is related to the northern annular mode (NAM). During the positive phase of NAM, there are negative precipitation anomalies over the Arctic and positive precipitation anomalies over the midlatitudes. Over the Southern Hemisphere (SH) high latitudes, the first mode, capturing 13.2% of the total variance of SH GPCP precipitation, is related to the southern annular mode (SAM). During the positive phase of the SAM, there are negative precipitation anomalies over the Antarctic and positive precipitation anomalies over the midlatitudes. The CAM5 precipitation simulation demonstrates similar results to those of the observations. However, they do not capture both the high precipitation anomalies over the northern Pacific Ocean or the position of the positive precipitation anomalies in the SH.

DOI10.1175/jcli-d-15-0325.1
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