European rainfall patterns
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2007
Copyright © 1985 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Journal of Climatology
Volume 5, Issue 6, pages 607–616, November/December 1985
How to Cite
Vines, R. G. (1985), European rainfall patterns. J. Climatol., 5: 607–616. doi: 10.1002/joc.3370050603
- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 25 MAR 1985
- Manuscript Received: 23 OCT 1984
- European rainfall;
- Weather patterns;
- Filter analysis
This analysis suggests substantial coherence of rainfall data from Northern Europe, in a region from England to eastern Germany. Within this entire area, there appears to be a long-term fluctuation in rainfall with a period of about 16 years. Further south, from Switzerland into northern Italy, a different long-term fluctuation of about 20-22 years is evident, which exhibits a possible relationship with the double sunspot cycle. Both rainfall variations are out of phase with corresponding fluctuations in North America, which have been reported previously.
Other quasi-periodic fluctuations in precipitation of 10-12 years (medium term) and 6-7 years (short term) are observed in the same parts of Europe. Comparisons are made between these systematic temporal rainfall variations and those similarly found in both the northern and southern hemispheres.