SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL VARIATIONS IN LONG-TERM NORMAL PERCENT POSSIBLE SOLAR RADIATION LEVELS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the time and space variations in long-term monthly-averaged daily percent possible solar radiation levels in the United States. Both principal components analysis and harmonic analysis were used to identify the influences of various synoptic-scale climatological phenomena on solar radiation receipt. Generally, an annual cycle was found with maximum percent possible radiation levels occurring in July. In many regions the temporal variance structure deviated from this general annual cycle. The results lead to a better understanding of the climatology of solar radiation in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1726-1732
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Climate and Applied Meteorology
Volume22
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Solar radiation
solar radiation
temporal variation
spatial variation
annual cycle
Climatology
Harmonic analysis
harmonic analysis
Principal component analysis
climatology
principal component analysis
Radiation

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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