Climatology of nocturnal rainfall for Northeast Kansas, 1950–2012

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Show simple item record Howard, Ian M. Harrington, John A., Jr. 2014-11-11T17:12:25Z 2014-11-11T17:12:25Z 2014-11-11
dc.description.abstract Nighttime rainfall has long been thought of as an important component to the central Great Plains hydroclimate during the wettest three-month period known as the “late spring - early summer precipitation maximum” from May–July (MJJ), though the climatological characteristics in Kansas are not very well documented in the literature. The nighttime rainfall characteristics are examined based on hourly precipitation data for Topeka, KS and other Kansas stations for a 63-year period from 1950–2012 for May–July. Nighttime rainfall is a major contributor to the overall moisture budget in the Great Plains, contributing over 50% of the overall rainfall total for the three-month period, with an increase in the percentage from May to July. Most nocturnal rainfall events initiate around the local midnight hour, with earlier start times in May compared to June and July. The greatest hourly precipitation tends to occur around the same time, with a gradual step down into the mid-morning hours. Geographically, areas in the eastern portion of the state receive more nighttime rainfall on average for all three months than areas to the west. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.rights Permission to archive granted by Kansas Academy of Science, Sept. 30, 2014. en_US
dc.subject Rainfall en_US
dc.subject Nocturnal precipitation en_US
dc.subject Late spring-early summer precipitation maximum en_US
dc.subject Topeka, KS en_US
dc.subject Great Plains en_US
dc.title Climatology of nocturnal rainfall for Northeast Kansas, 1950–2012 en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US 2014 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1660/062.117.0104 en_US
dc.citation.epage 30 en_US
dc.citation.issue 1-2 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science en_US
dc.citation.spage 21 en_US
dc.citation.volume 117 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jharrin en_US

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