Late-eighteenth-century precipitation reconstructions from James Madison's Montpelier plantation

Daniel L. Druckenbrod, Michael E. Mann, David W. Stahle, Malcolm K. Cleveland, Matthew D. Therrell, Herman H. Shugart

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Abstract

Historical documents and tree rings present a wealth of data for reconstructing prior climate. This study compared two approaches for reconstructing precipitation at Montpelier in the late 18th century. In addition to accounting for a significant portion of the variance in precipitation, these data also indirectly suggest the influence of larger-scale climatological processes. More importantly in the context of this study, the data also suggest a delay of approximately one month in the arrival of maximum summer precipitation from Madison's era and a corresponding shift in the sensitivity of dendroclimatic reconstructions of this delay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-71
Number of pages15
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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