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Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Precipitation changes: trends over land from 1900 to 2000
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Precipitation has very likely increased during the 20th century by 5 to 10% over most mid- and high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere continents, but in contrast, rainfall has likely decreased by 3% on average over much of the subtropical land areas. There has likely been a 2 to 4% increase in the frequency of heavy precipitation events in the mid- and high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere over the latter half of the 20th century. There were relatively small long-term increases over the 20th century in land areas experiencing severe drought or severe wetness, but in many regions these changes are dominated by inter-decadal and multidecadal climate variability with no significant trends evident over the 20th century.