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Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK

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posted on 13.11.2014 by Tom Matthews, Conor Murphy, Robert Wilby, Shaun Harrigan
Meteorological agencies of Ireland and the UK have confirmed that winter (December to February) 2013-14 (W2013/14) set records for precipitation totals and the occurrence of extreme wind speeds1,2,3. Less clear is whether storminess (characterised as the frequency and intensity of cyclones) during W2013/14 was equally unprecedented. We assess multidecadal variations in storminess by considering frequency and intensity together and find that W2013/14 was indeed exceptional. Given the potential societal impacts there is clearly a need to better understand the processes driving extreme cyclonic activity in the North Atlantic (NA).

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  • Geography and Environment

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Nature Climate Change

Volume

4

Issue

9

Pages

738 - 740

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MATTHEWS, T. ... et al, 2014. Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK. Nature Climate Change, 4 (9), pp.738-740.

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Nature Publishing Group / © The authors

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2014

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This article was published in the journal Nature Climate Change [Nature Publishing Group / © The authors]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2336.

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1758-678X

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1758-6798

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en

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