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Type: Journal article
Title: Changing patterns in rainfall extremes in South Australia
Author: Kamruzzaman, M.
Beecham, S.
Metcalfe, A.
Citation: Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 2017; 127(3-4):793-813
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0177-798X
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Mohammad Kamruzzaman, Simon Beecham, Andrew V. Metcalfe
Abstract: Daily rainfall records from seven stations in South Australia, with record lengths from 50 to 137 years and a common period of 36 years, are investigated for evidence of changes in the statistical distribution of annual total and annual average of monthly daily maxima. In addition, the monthly time series of monthly totals and monthly daily maxima are analysed for three stations for which records exceed 100 years. The monthly series show seasonality and provide evidence of a reduction in rainfall when the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is negative, which is modulated by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). However, the monthly series do not provide any evidence of a consistent trend or of any changes in the seasonal pattern. Multivariate analyses, typically used in statistical quality control (SQC), are applied to time series of yearly totals and of averages of the 12 monthly daily maxima, during the common 36-year period. Although there are some outlying points in the charts, there is no evidence of any trend or step changes. However, some supplementary permutation tests do provide weak evidence of an increase of variability of rainfall measures. Furthermore, a factor analysis does provide some evidence of a change in the spatial structure of extremes. The variability of a factor which represents the difference between extremes in the Adelaide Hills and the plains increases in the second 18 years relative to the first 18 years. There is also some evidence that the mean of this factor has increased in absolute magnitude.
Keywords: Pacific Decadal Oscillation Extreme Rainfall Southern Oscillation Index Exponential Weight Move Average Statistical Quality Control
Rights: © Springer-Verlag Wien 2015.
RMID: 0030042108
DOI: 10.1007/s00704-015-1667-8
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