Is Canadian cloudiness increasing?

K. McGuffie, A. Henderson‐Sellers

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Abstract

Cloud amount records for the Canadian mid‐latitudes have been analysed in the context of a “warming world” analogue model that compares records of two 20‐year periods. The cloud amounts increase over practically all these regions while temperatures rise. This historical data set has also been extended temporally to permit analysis of high‐latitude cloudiness trends. These are of particular interest in the “fingerprinting” of CO2‐induced climatic change. Station records from the Canadian Arctic show distinctive increases in total cloud amount in the last forty years especially in the summer season. This result, unlike the historical analogue analysis, seems to be decoupled from temperature changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-633
Number of pages26
JournalAtmosphere - Ocean
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1988

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