An ENSO predictor of dust emission in the southwestern United States

Geophysical Research Letters
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Abstract

Here we show that there is a significant relationship between Nino 3.4 ENSO anomaly (Dec–Jan average) and precipitation in the southwestern United States. This contributes to increased frequency of dust events in the years following strong La Niña and El Niño years. High probabilities (60%–100%) exist for an elevated frequency of dust events in years when the ENSO anomaly, annual precipitation, or annual P/PE falls below the 10th percentile. This analysis provides a quantitative framework in which to evaluate the expected effects of climate change on this and other arid regions.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title An ENSO predictor of dust emission in the southwestern United States
Series title Geophysical Research Letters
DOI 10.1029/2001GL014494
Volume 29
Issue 9
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 46-1
Last page 46-3
Country United States
State Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico
Other Geospatial Southwestern United States
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