Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 509–524, 2020
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 509–524, 2020

Research article 29 May 2020

Research article | 29 May 2020

Eurasian autumn snow link to winter North Atlantic Oscillation is strongest for Arctic warming periods

Martin Wegmann et al.

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Predicting the climate of the upcoming season is of big societal benefit, but finding out which component of the climate system can act as a predictor is difficult. In this study, we focus on Eurasian snow cover as such a component and show that knowing the snow cover in November is very helpful in predicting the state of winter over Europe. However, this mechanism was questioned in the past. Using snow data that go back 150 years into the past, we are now very confident in this relationship.
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