(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

The dependence of the annual total on the number of rain-spells and their yield in the Mediterranean

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

REISER H. (1) ; KUTIEL H. (1) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography and Environmental Studies, Univ., Haifa, ISRAEL


A rain-spell is defined as a period of consecutive days with rainfall above a certain determined Daily Rainfall Threshold (DRT). This study examines whether a season is drier/wetter according to its length, or whether it depends on the Number of Rain-Spells (NRS) in 41 Mediterranean stations. It analyses the relationships between dry/wet seasons and various elements of the rain-spells. These objectives are analysed both at a basin level of the entire Mediterranean, and at a station level. The main conclusions at the basin level are that precipitation amounts are not related to the length of the seasons. At the station level of most stations, a Dry or Wet season is caused mainly by changes in the Rain-Spells Yield (RSY) and less so by changes in the NRS. This tendency is more evident in the southern Mediterranean. Furthermore, Wet seasons are characterized by an increase in the number of Long rain-spells (longer than three days) and mainly in the RSY of these spells


Article of periodic

published at : Geografiska annaler. Series A. Physical geography / ISSN 0435-3676 / CODEN GAPGAP

Editor : Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi, Stockholm - SUEDE (1965)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 94, no3 [pp. 285-299]

Bibliographic references : 33 ref.

Collation : 9 fig., 2 tabl.




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