A Test for the Period of 18 Cycles per Year in Rainfall Data

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  • a U. S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D. C.
  • | b Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories, Bedford, Mass.
  • | c Regis College, Weston, Mass.
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Abstract

A number of different analyses are used to examine 63 years of daily United States rainfall data to determine whether a suggested periodicity of 18 cycles per year exists. Although a slight tendency was found for such a period to persist in phase during the 63 years, the amplitude is extremely small. On the basis of the several tests performed we conclude that there is no reality to a periodicity at or near 18 cycles per year.

Abstract

A number of different analyses are used to examine 63 years of daily United States rainfall data to determine whether a suggested periodicity of 18 cycles per year exists. Although a slight tendency was found for such a period to persist in phase during the 63 years, the amplitude is extremely small. On the basis of the several tests performed we conclude that there is no reality to a periodicity at or near 18 cycles per year.

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