Kenyan long rains: a sub-seasonal approach to process-based diagnostics

Author: Ellen Dyer and Richard Washington

The interannual variability, trends, and the mean climatology of East African long rains are difficult for models to simulate. This is in part because long rains do not respond in a simple way to large scale modes of variability such as ENSO, and because of interactions with complex topography. This article focuses on the Kenyan regional climate in the ERA-Interim reanalysis during the long rains to create a set of atmospheric diagnostics which can be applied to the evaluation of climate models.

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