Geographia Polonica (2007) vol. 80, iss. 2

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Poland’s Climate Extremes Index, 1951–2005

Rajmund Przybylak, Zsuzsanna Vízi, Andrzej Araźny, Marek Kejna, Rafał Maszewski, Joanna Uscka-Kowalkowska

Geographia Polonica (2007) vol. 80, iss. 2, pp. 47-58

Abstract

The paper seeks to synthesise contemporary (1951–2005) trends regarding the occurrenceof extreme meteorological events in Poland using the complex Climate Extremes Index(CEI) proposed by Karl et al. (1996). Poland’s CEI Was the greatest in the 1990s. The trendnoted for it in the period from 1951 to 2005 is an upward one, but does not achieve statisticalsignificance. Similar tendencies for the index have been observed in the 20th century for the USA(1910–90), the Russian Federation (1950–96), and Central Europe (1951–2000).

Keywords: climate extremes index (CEI), temperature, precipitation, moisture index, Poland.

Rajmund Przybylak, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Zsuzsanna Vízi, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Rafał Maszewski, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Joanna Uscka-Kowalkowska, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland