The authors thank the Climate Data Center, China Meteorological Administration, for providing the historical climate data for this study and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments on the manuscript. Rutgers University and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station provided funds for data analysis.
Baker, C. B., , R. G. Quayle, , and W. Wang, 1995: The influence of night time cloud cover on the observed minimum temperature in China. Atmos. Res, 37 , 27–35.
Campbell, G. G., , and T. H. Vonder Haar, 1997: Comparison of surface temperature minimum and maximum and satellite measured cloudiness and radiation budget. J. Geophys. Res, 102 , 16639–16645.
Dai, A., , K. E. Trenberth, , and T. R. Karl, 1999: Effects of clouds, soil moisture, precipitation, and water vapor on diurnal temperature range. J. Climate, 12 , 2451–2473.
Hansen, J., , M. Sato, , and R. Ruedy, 1995: Long-term changes of the diurnal temperature cycle: Implications about mechanisms of global climate change. Atmos. Res, 37 , 175–209.
Kaiser, D. P., 2000: Decreasing cloudiness over China: An updated analysis examining additional variables. Geophys. Res. Lett, 27 , 2193–2196.
Karl, T. R., , G. Kukla, , V. N. Razuvayev, , M. J. Changery, , R. G. Quayle, , R. R. Heim Jr., , D. R. Easterling, , and C. Fu, 1991: Global warming: Evidence for asymmetric diurnal temperature change. Geophy. Res. Lett, 18 , 2253–2256.
Karl, T. R., and Coauthors, 1993: Asymmetric trends of daily maximum and minimum temperature. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc, 74 , 1009–1022.
Menon, S., , J. Hansen, , L. Nazarenko, , and Y. Luo, 2002: Climate effects of black carbon aerosols in China and India. Science, 297 , 2250–2253.
Plantico, M. S., , T. R. Karl, , G. Kukla, , and J. Gavin, 1990: Is recent climate change across the United States related to rising levels of anthropogenic greenhouse gases? J. Geophys. Res, 95 , 16617–16637.
Power, H. C., 2003: Trends in solar radiation over Germany and an assessment of the role of aerosols and sunshine duration. Theor. Appl. Climatol, 76 , 47–63.
Stanhill, G., , and S. Cohen, 2001: Global dimming: A review of the evidence for a widespread and significant reduction in global radiation with discussion of its probable causes and possible agricultural consequences. Agric. For. Meteor, 107 , 255–278.
Weber, R. O., , P. Talkner, , and G. Stefanicki, 1994: Asymmetric diurnal temperature change in the Alpine region. Geophys. Res. Lett, 21 , 673–676.