92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Water Vapor Pressure & Temperature Trends in North America During 19482010
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
William A. van Wijngaarden, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada
Manuscript (398.5 kB)

Over 1/4 billion hourly values of temperature and relative humidity observed at 309 stations located across North America during 1948-2010 were studied. The water vapor pressure was determined and seasonal averages were computed. Data were examined for possible inhomogeneities arising from changes in instruments and/or procedure before trends were found. Statistically significant warming trends affecting the midwestern U.S., Canadian prairies and the western Arctic are evident in winter and to a lesser extent in spring while statistically significant increases in water vapor pressure occur primarily in summer for some stations in the eastern half of the U.S.

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