Greenhouse warming may moderate British storminess

Robert Balling, Randall Cerveny, T. A. Miller, S. B. Idso

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An analysis of data pertaining to the period 1861-1986 reveals that (1) a 1 °C rise in the mean annual air temperature of the British Isles has historically been associated with a 35% drop in the percentage of days that the United Kingdom has experienced cyclonic flow, and (2) a 2 °C increase in the mean annual air temperature over the sea to the north has typically been matched by a 60% drop in the percentage of days that the isles have experienced cyclonic flow originating from that source region. These findings raise significant questions about the oft-reported claim that CO2-induced global warming will lead to an increase in world storminess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalMeteorology and Atmospheric Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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