Articles | Volume 21, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 4899–4913, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-4899-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 4899–4913, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-4899-2021

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 et al.

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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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