How well do the central England temperature and the England and Wales precipitation series represent the climate of the UK?
Article first published online: 6 JUL 2006
Copyright © 2006 Royal Meteorological Society
International Journal of Climatology
Volume 26, Issue 15, pages 2287–2292, December 2006
How to Cite
Croxton, P. J., Huber, K., Collinson, N. and Sparks, T. H. (2006), How well do the central England temperature and the England and Wales precipitation series represent the climate of the UK?. Int. J. Climatol., 26: 2287–2292. doi: 10.1002/joc.1378
- Issue published online: 27 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 6 JUL 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 MAY 2006
- Manuscript Received: 24 AUG 2005
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In this paper we compare the Central England Temperature (CET) and England and Wales Precipitation (EWP) series with temperature and precipitation records from 24 individual meteorological stations throughout the UK over a 41-year period 1964–2004. With a single exception, the correlation of CET monthly means with those of all local stations was highly significant (p < 0.001). Correlations with EWP were not as large, but for the most part were highly significant; exceptions occurring increasingly in the most northerly stations. Because of their general availability, the CET and EWP series will continue to be popular, and their use in a range of broad studies of UK climate appears to be justified. Copyright © 2006 Royal Meteorological Society.