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Climate patterns and processes

Contents

Idea

Here is a place for the systems perspective on how climate patterns occur and how and why they are connected. From solar radiation and its effects on the water cycle through teleconnection and other similar ideas.

Patterns

from Wikipedia:

A climate pattern is any recurring characteristic of the climate. Climate patterns can last tens of thousands of years, like the glacial and interglacial periods within ice ages, or repeat each year, like monsoons.

A climate pattern may come in the form of a regular cycle, like the diurnal cycle or the seasonal cycle; a quasi periodic event, like El NiƱo; or a highly irregular event, such as a volcanic winter. The regular cycles are generally well understood and may be removed by normalization. For example, graphs of trends of temperature change will usually have the effects of seasonal variation removed.

References

category: climate