Temperature and surface pressure anomalies in Israel and the North Atlantic Oscillation

T. Ben-Gai*, A. Bitan, A. Manes, P. Alpert, Y. Kushnir

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Teleconnections associated with changing patterns of temperature and pressure anomalies over Israel during the second half of the 20th century are investigated. Relatively high, statistically significant, correlation coefficients of -0.8 and +0.9 were found between the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) Index anomalies and smoothed (5 year running mean) cool season temperature and surface pressure anomalies in Israel, respectively. A relatively high positive correlation, (r= 0.8) was also found between the NAO Index anomalies and smoothed geopotential height of the 1000 hPa pressure level, during the cool season at Bet Dagan radiosonde station located on the Israel Mediterranean coastal plain. Correlation coefficients between NAO Index anomalies and the higher standard pressure levels, 850 and 700 hPa, decrease gradually and become negative (not statistically significant) for the 500 hPa level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalTheoretical and Applied Climatology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2001


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