Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 445–458, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-1-445-2020
Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 445–458, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-1-445-2020

Research article 04 Sep 2020

Research article | 04 Sep 2020

An attempt to explain recent changes in European snowfall extremes

Davide Faranda

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Despite the global temperature rise caused by anthropogenic emissions, we still observe heavy snowfalls that cause casualties, transport disruptions and energy supply problems. The goal of this paper is to investigate recent trends in snowfalls from reanalysis and observational datasets. The analysis shows an evident discrepancy between trends in average and extreme snowfalls. The latter can only be explained by looking at atmospheric circulation.