A cautionary note on the computation of daily mean temperatures and their trends

Authors
Saurral, Ramiro Ignacio
Publication Year
2017
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
There are different methodologies to compute daily mean temperatures (DMT), including averaging the 24-hourly temperature values, readings at specific times throughout the day or simply averaging the minimum and maximum daily temperatures. This study provides an intercomparison of some of such methods applied to six meteorological stations in Argentina with continuous hourly measurements for a period of more than 24 years. Results show that differences arising from the various methodologies are largely dependent on the local weather conditions, particularly those related to cloud cover and wind intensity, while the role of air moisture is less important. Furthermore, trends derived from DMT estimates using different methodologies are found to be highly sensitive to the chosen method. In fact, statistically insignificant trends could be significant should other methodologies to calculate DMT had been used. This result could be of importance for diverse scientific areas such as agriculture or climate warming studies.
Fil: Saurral, Ramiro Ignacio. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Oficina de Coordinación Administrativa Ciudad Universitaria. Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera; Argentina
Subject
CLOUD COVER
DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE
GLOBAL WARMING
TEMPERATURE TRENDS
WIND INTENSITY
Meteorología y Ciencias Atmosféricas
Ciencias de la Tierra y relacionadas con el Medio Ambiente
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/58901