Temporal analysis of summertime weather stress levels in Phoenix, Arizona

Robert Balling, S. W. Brazel

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Summertime weather stress indices for Phoenix, Arizona are analysed for the period 1948 to 1984. Weather stress levels for the nighttime period are increasing rapidly over the past several decades. These increasing discomfort levels are a result of a sharp increase in nocturnal temperatures. A small, but statistically significant, decline in atmospheric moisture levels is moderating the upward trend in weather stress. Changes in local land-use patterns are apparently responsible for the general trends found in the temperature, atmospheric moisture, and weather stress indices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-342
Number of pages12
JournalArchives for Meteorology, Geophysics, and Bioclimatology Series B
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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