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VARIABILITY OF DIURNAL TEMPERATURE RANGE IN EAST AFRICA DURING 1921–2010
  Revised:October 12, 2017
KeyWords:temperature  climate change  East Africa
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WANG Yong Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disaster, Ministry of Education (KLME)/Joint International Research Laboratory of Climate and Environment Change (ILCEC)/Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters (CIC-FEMD), Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044 China  
SHILENJE W. Zablon  zablonweku@yahoo.com 
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Abstract:
      This study investigates the long-term spatiotemporal variability of diurnal temperature range (DTR) in East Africa (EA). The study carries out non-parametric trend analysis of gridded DTR monthly data sourced from Climatic Research Unit (CRU). The DTR exhibits mixed signals in space and time over EA. The DTR correlates negatively with rainfall over EA. Reduction in DTR coincides with the summer season in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively, suggesting the influence of cloud cover on it. There was a non-uniform pattern of DTR changes across the region with time. Lake Victoria basin recorded the highest warming rates. The Indian Ocean coast recorded the least spatiotemporal variability in DTR. A reduction in DTR is evident in the two seasons: hot and cold. The start of the study period; 1921–1930, was the coolest decade in the study period. Most parts of EA recorded negative DTR anomalies in 1961–1970. The overall reduction in DTR throughout the study period highlights the ongoing warming which is a global phenomenon. There remains need for investigating the causation of the observed DTR variability for effective monitoring of the variability in future.
DOI:10.16555/j.1006-8775.2017.04.001
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