Articles | Volume 21, issue 6
Research article
30 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 30 Mar 2021

Observed trends in clouds and precipitation (1983–2009): implications for their cause(s)

Xiang Zhong, Shaw Chen Liu, Run Liu, Xinlu Wang, Jiajia Mo, and Yanzi Li

Data sets

Cloud Properties from ISCCP and PATMOS-x Corrected for Spurious Variability Related to Changes in Satellite Orbits, Instrument Calibrations, and Other Factors J. R. Norris and A. T. Evan

Pacific interdecadal climate oscillation with impacts on salmon production ( N. J. Mantua, S. R. Hare, Y. Zhang, J. M. Wallace, and R. C. Francis<1069:APICOW>2.0.CO;2

The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and its relationship to rainfall and river flows in the continental U.S. ( D. B. Enfield, A. M. Mestas-Nunez, and P. J. Trimble

Global analyses of sea surface temperature, sea ice, and night marine air temperature since the late nineteenth century ( N. A. Rayner, D. E. Parker, E. B. Horton, C. K. Folland, L. V. Alexander, D. P. Rowell, E. C. Kent, and A. Kaplan

Short summary
The distributions of linear trends in total cloud cover and precipitation in 1983–2009 are both characterized by a broadening of the major ascending zone of Hadley circulation around the Maritime Continent. The broadening is driven primarily by the moisture–convection–latent-heat feedback cycle under global warming conditions. Contribution by other climate oscillations is secondary. The reduction of total cloud cover in China in 1957–2005 is driven by the same mechanism.
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