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Recent atmospheric changes over Spain, using Weather Types

Session: CL2.3 Circulation type classification and circulation regimes

The aim of this work is to study an analyze changes in meteorological phenomena and atmospheric circulation
during two recent periods of time (1957-1979 and 1980-2002) over mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands. In
order to do so, we have performed a joint probabilistic analysis of Weather Types (WTs) and daily observations.
WTs are obtained from the ERA-40 Re-analysis data using a modified Self-Organizing Map, which uses the
transition probability from one WT to another as ordering criterion. Changes in the frequency of appearance of
each WT and their transition probability are analyzed, as well as changes in daily observations and alterations in
the frequency of different events.

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