Hydro-climatological trends in the continental United States, 1948-88

D. P. Lettenmaier, Eric F. Wood, J. R. Wallis

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Spatial patterns in trends of four monthly variables: average temperature, precipitation, streamflow, and average of the daily temperature range were examined for the continental United States for the period 1948-88. The data used are a subset of the Historical Climatology Network (1036 stations) and a stream gage network of 1009 stations. Among the most important trend patterns are a) increases in March temperature at almost half of the stations; b) increases in precipitation from September through December at as many as 25% of the stations, mostly in the central part of the country; c) strong increases in streamflow in the period November-April at a maximum of almost half of the stations, with the largest trend magnitudes in the beginning in late spring and continuing through winter, affecting as many as over half of the stations. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-607
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Climate
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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