Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 46, Issue 3–4, pp 181–184 | Cite as

Greenhouse warming may moderate British storminess

  • R. C. BallingJr.
  • R. S. Cerveny
  • T. A. Miller
  • S. B. Idso


An analysis of data pertaining to the period 1861–1986 reveals that (1) a 1 °C rise in the mean annual air temperature of the British Isles has historically been associated with a 35% drop in the percentage of days that the United Kingdom has experienced cyclonic flow, and (2) a 2 °C increase in the mean annual air temperature over the sea to the north has typically been matched by a 60% drop in the percentage of days that the isles have experienced cyclonic flow originating from that source region. These findings raise significant questions about the oft-reported claim that CO2-induced global warming will lead to an increase in world storminess.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. C. BallingJr.
    • 1
  • R. S. Cerveny
    • 1
  • T. A. Miller
    • 1
  • S. B. Idso
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Climatology and Department of GeographyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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