Title: Thermal anomalies in the Mediterranean and in Asia Minor (1951-2010)

Authors: Robert Twardosz; Urszula Kossowska-Cezak

Addresses: Department of Climatology, Jagiellonian University, ul. Gronostajowa, 30-387 Kraków, Poland ' Department of Climatology, Warsaw University, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland

Abstract: In Europe, the current climate warming manifests itself with an increasing frequency of anomalously warm months (AWMs) and a declining frequency of anomalously cold months (ACMs). For the purpose of the study the authors define thermally anomalous months as months with the average air temperature at least two standard deviations higher or lower (AWM: t ≥ tav. + 2SD, ACM: t≤tav. - 2SD) than the long-term average (1951-2010). The aim of the study is to investigate the frequency of such monthly anomalies in southern Europe (approximately south of 45°N) in the Mediterranean and in Asia Minor (based on records from 80 weather stations), the change in such frequency over the 60-year study period, as well as the location of the anomalies and their coverage area. The number of ACMs and AWMs showed significant variations over the 60-year period.

Keywords: global warming; climate change; thermal anomalies; Mediterranean; Asia Minor.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2019.101089

International Journal of Global Warming, 2019 Vol.18 No.3/4, pp.304 - 322

Available online: 18 Jul 2019 *

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