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Estimate of local features of long-term variations in cloud cover over the territory of Siberia using results of its climatic zoning according to total and low-level cloud regimes


The local features of long-term variations in cloud cover over the territory of Siberia are statistically analyzed using a 45-year (1969–2013) time series of meteorological observations at 60 stations and data of climatic zoning of this region according to total and low-level cloud regimes. It is found that, whereas poorly defined growth in the total and low-level cloud amounts was observed almost everywhere (except in Arctic regions of Siberia, where a decrease in the total cloud amount and an increase in the low-level cloud amount tended to predominate) during all seasons for the 45-year period and in 1976–2005, when there was an intense global warming, in the period of 2006–2013, when this warming was much weaker, a well-defined decrease in both total and low-level clouds was observed, especially in winter and spring seasons.

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Original Russian Text © V.S. Komarov, G.G. Matvienko, S.N. Il’in, N.Ya. Lomakina, 2015, published in Optika Atmosfery i Okeana.

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Komarov, V.S., Matvienko, G.G., Il’in, S.N. et al. Estimate of local features of long-term variations in cloud cover over the territory of Siberia using results of its climatic zoning according to total and low-level cloud regimes. Atmos Ocean Opt 28, 265–272 (2015).

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  • total and low-level cloud amounts
  • long-term changes
  • trends
  • climatic zoning
  • Siberian region