Tropical tele-connections to the Mediterranean climate and weather

P. Alpert, C. Price, S. O. Krichak, B. Ziv, H. Saaroni, I. Osetinsky, J. Barkan, P. Kishcha

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Abstract

Some strong natural fluctuations of climate in the Eastern Mediterranean (EM) region are shown to be connected to the major tropical systems. Potential relations between EM rainfall extremes to tropical systems, e.g. El Niño, Indian Monsoon and hurricanes, are demonstrated. For a specific event, high resolution modelling of the severe flood on 3-5 December 2001 in Israel suggests a relation to hurricane Olga. In order to understand the factors governing the EM climate variability in the summer season, the relationship between extreme summer temperatures and the Indian Monsoon was examined. Other tropical factors like the Red-Sea Trough system and the Saharan dust are also likely to contribute to the EM climate variability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Geosciences
Volume2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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