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    Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK


    Matthews, Tom K.R. and Murphy, Conor and Wilby, Robert L. and Harrigan, Shaun (2014) Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK. Nature Climate Change, 4. pp. 738-740. ISSN 1758-678X

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    Abstract

    Meteorological agencies of Ireland and the UK have confirmed that winter (December to February) 2013–2014 (W2013–14) set records for precipitation totals and the occurrence of extreme wind speeds1–3. Less clear is whether storminess (characterized as the frequency and intensity of cyclones) during W2013–14 was equally unprecedented. We assessed multidecadal variations in storminess by considering frequency and intensity together and found that in the context of these large-scale cyclone characteristics, W2013–14 was indeed exceptional. Given the potential societal impacts, there is clearly a need to better understand the processes driving extreme cyclonic activity in the North Atlantic.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: stormiest winter; record; Ireland; UK;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 8894
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2336
    Depositing User: Conor Murphy
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 15:33
    Journal or Publication Title: Nature Climate Change
    Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
    Refereed: Yes
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