Trends in middle- and upper-level tropospheric humidity from NCEP reanalysis data

@article{Paltridge2009TrendsIM,
  title={Trends in middle- and upper-level tropospheric humidity from NCEP reanalysis data},
  author={Garth W. Paltridge and Albert Arking and Michael J. Pook},
  journal={Theoretical and Applied Climatology},
  year={2009},
  volume={98},
  pages={351-359}
}
The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) reanalysis data on tropospheric humidity are examined for the period 1973 to 2007. It is accepted that radiosonde-derived humidity data must be treated with great caution, particularly at altitudes above the 500 hPa pressure level. With that caveat, the face-value 35-year trend in zonal-average annual-average specific humidity q is significantly negative at all altitudes above 850 hPa (roughly the top of the convective boundary layer) in… CONTINUE READING

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