Assessing large-scale weekly cycles in meteorological variables: a review

by A. Sanchez-Lorenzo, P. Laux, H.-J. Hendricks Franssen, J. Calbó, S. Vogl, A. K. Georgoulias, J. Quaas
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics ()


Several studies have claimed to have found significant weekly cycles of meteorological variables appearing over large domains, which can hardly be related to urban effects exclusively. Nevertheless, there is still an ongoing scientific debate whether these large-scale weekly cycles exist or not, and some other studies fail to reproduce them with statistical significance. In addition to the lack of the positive proof for the existence of these cycles, their possible physical explanations have been controversially discussed during the last years. In this work we review the main results about this topic published during the recent two decades, including a summary of the existence or non-existence of significant weekly weather cycles across different regions of the world, mainly over the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, some shortcomings of common statistical methods for analyzing weekly cycles are listed. Finally, a brief summary of supposed causes of the weekly cycles, focusing on the aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions and their impact on meteorological variables as a result of the weekly cycles of anthropogenic activities, and possible directions for future research, is presented. © 2012 Author(s).

Cite this document (BETA)

Available from Josep Calbó's profile on Mendeley.
Page 1
Page 2

Authors on Mendeley

Readership Statistics

16 Readers on Mendeley
by Discipline
by Academic Status
38% Post Doc
19% Associate Professor
13% Researcher (at a non-Academic Institution)
by Country
6% Spain
6% Germany
6% Norway

Sign up today - FREE

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research. Learn more

  • All your research in one place
  • Add and import papers easily
  • Access it anywhere, anytime

Start using Mendeley in seconds!

Sign up & Download

Already have an account? Sign in