Seasonal, interannual and long-term variability of precipitation and snow depth in the region of the Barents and Kara seas

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Aleksandrov, Yevgeniy I. ; Bryazgin, Nikolay N. ; Førland, Eirik J. ; Radionov, Vladimir F. ; Svyashchennikov, Pavel N. (2005)

Observation data of temperature, precipitation and snow depth have been compiled and generalized climatologically for a network of 38 stations in and around the Barents and Kara seas, for the period 1951–1992. The monthly precipitation totals were corrected for measuring errors, and the correction method is described in detail. The corrected precipitation values show that the annual precipitation in the region ranges from more than 500 mm along the coast of the Kola Peninsula to less than 200 mm in parts of the north-eastern Kara Sea. The solid fraction of the annual precipitation ranges from 70 % in northern parts to 35 % in southern parts. For the period 1951–1992 the analysis indicates decreasing trends in annual values of temperature, precipitation and snow depths in the north-eastern parts of the region.
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