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Using seasonal rainfall clusters to explain the interannual variability of the rain belt over the Greater Horn of Africa

Seregina, Larisa S. 1; Fink, Andreas H. 1; Linden, Roderick van der 1; Funk, Chris; Pinto, Joaquim G. 1
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The seasonal cycle of rainfall over the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) is dominated by the latitudinal migration and activity of the tropical rain belt (TRB). The TRB exhibits high interannual variability in the GHA and the reasons for the recent dry period in the Long Rains (March–May) are poorly understood. In addition, few studies have addressed the rainfall fluctuations during the Msimu Rains (Dec.–Mar.) in the southern GHA region. Interannual variations of the seasonal cycle of the TRB between 1981 and 2018 were analysed using two statistical indices. The Rainfall Cluster Index (RCI) describes the seasonal cycle as a succession of six characteristic rainfall patterns, while the Seasonal Location Index (SLI) captures the latitudinal location of the TRB. The SLI and RCI depict the full seasonal cycle of the TRB supporting interpretations of the interannual variations and trends. The Msimu Rains are dominated by two clusters with opposite rainfall characteristics between the Congo Basin and Tanzania. The associated anomalies in moisture flux and divergence indicate variations in the location of the TRB originating from an interplay between low‐level air flows from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and tropical and subtropical teleconnections. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000104470
Veröffentlicht am 08.12.2020
DOI: 10.1002/joc.6802
Zitationen: 7
Web of Science
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Troposphärenforschung (IMKTRO)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0196-1748, 0899-8418, 1097-0088, 2374-7412
KITopen-ID: 1000104470
HGF-Programm 12.01.02 (POF III, LK 01) Proc.res.f.multisc.predictab.of weather
Weitere HGF-Programme 12.11.32 (POF IV, LK 01) Advancing atmospheric and Earth system models
Erschienen in International journal of climatology
Verlag John Wiley and Sons
Band 41
Heft 51
Seiten E1717-E1737
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 17.08.2020
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