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Fernando Domínguez-Castro published an article in November 2017.
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Dario Camuffo

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Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC)

J. M. Vaquero

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Universidade de Lisboa

Maurizio Maugeri

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Arturo Sanchez-Lorenzo

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Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich; Zurich Switzerland

M. Barriendos

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University of Barcelona

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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Early meteorological records from Latin-America and the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries Fernando Domínguez-Castro, José Manuel Vaquero, María Cruz G... Published: 14 November 2017
Scientific Data, doi: 10.1038/sdata.2017.169
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This paper provides early instrumental data recovered for 20 countries of Latin-America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, British Guiana, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, France (Martinique and Guadalupe), Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, El Salvador and Suriname) during the 18th and 19th centuries. The main meteorological variables retrieved were air temperature, atmospheric pressure, and precipitation, but other variables, such as humidity, wind direction, and state of the sky were retrieved when possible. In total, more than 300,000 early instrumental data were rescued (96% with daily resolution). Especial effort was made to document all the available metadata in order to allow further post-processing. The compilation is far from being exhaustive, but the dataset will contribute to a better understanding of climate variability in the region, and to enlarging the period of overlap between instrumental data and natural/documentary proxies.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Sunspots sketches during the solar eclipses of 9th January and 29th December of 1777 in Mexico María Cruz Gallego, José Manuel Vaquero, Fernando Domínguez-... Published: 01 January 2017
Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate, doi: 10.1051/swsc/2017012
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Two sunspot observations recorded by the Mexican Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros have been revealed from a manuscript. One sunspot group was recorded on 9th January 1777 and four sunspot groups on 29th December 1777. Both records were taken during the observation of solar eclipses from Mexico City and their description also included sketches of the solar disk with sunspots. The sunspot group corresponding to 9th January was also observed by Erasmus Lievog. The observation on 29th December 1777 is the only record corresponding to this date.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Documentary sources to investigate multidecadal variability of droughts F. Dominguez-Castro, R. García-Herrera Published: 27 June 2016
Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica, doi: 10.18172/cig.2936
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Droughts are probably the natural hazard with the highest socioeconomicimpact. Simultaneously, they are a very complex phenomenon; they are triggered by a diversity of physical factors and occur at a variety of time scales. Consequently, the instrumental record currently available is too short and the characterization of its multidecadal variability requires the use of natural proxies (tree rings, sedimentary records) or documentary sources. In this paper we analyse three documentary sources with potential to analyse the long-term variability of droughts: chapter acts, logbooks and chronicles. The chapter acts recorded discussions and decisions made during the assemblies of the local authorities and provide continuous and direct evidence on drought impacts. They are especially useful to study droughts between the 15th and the 19th centuries in Europe and the 17th to 18th in the former colonies. Logbooks recorded the meteorological conditions and the incidents occurred during navigation. They provide indirect information through the circulation indices that can be very helpful to understand the mechanisms and teleconnections associated to droughts. Finally, the chronicles are historiographical documents describing political and social events. They are secondary sources and the references to climatic events are discontinuous, thus their analysis must be extremely careful, but they are especially useful to study specific drought events especially prior to 15th century when no other sources are available.
Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Iberian extreme precipitation 1855/1856: an analysis from early instrumental observations and documentary sources F. Dominguez-Castro, Alexandre M. Ramos, Ricardo García-Herr... Published: 21 March 2014
International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.3973
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Flood events is the natural hazard that originated more damages and fatalities in the Iberian Peninsula in the last decades. While most 20th century extreme precipitation and flood episodes in Iberia have been documented, the same does not hold for most events that took place during the 19th century. This article describes the unusually high precipitation and associated impacts recorded during the 1855/1856 hydrological year. We combine newspaper reports, early instrumental precipitation series and sea level pressure (SLP) reconstructed gridded fields. The early instrumental precipitation time series includes 11 observatories that were not previously digitized and preceded the implementation of the official meteorological observation network in Spain. We show that high values of precipitation were mostly recorded during the months of September, October 1855 and January 1856, with most of the flooding and damages occurring in the last month. The use of daily circulation weather types and monthly differences of SLP are particularly useful to explain the heavy precipitation in October and January, which were clearly associated with unusual high frequencies of wet weather types. However, SLP patterns cannot explain the September records, which could be associated to upper cold air intrusions in the Iberian Peninsula.
Article 0 Reads 5 Citations Early Spanish meteorological records (1780-1850) F. Dominguez-Castro, J. M. Vaquero, F. S. Rodrigo, A. M. M. ... Published: 16 May 2013
International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.3709
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This article summarizes recent efforts on early instrumental data recovery in Spain conducted under the Salvà‐Sinobas project. We have retrieved and digitized more than 100 000 meteorological observations prior to 1850 in Spain. This data set contains measurements of air temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind direction and state of the atmosphere in 16 places located in Iberia and the Balearic Islands. Most of the observations are made on a daily basis. However, monthly and annual information has also been retrieved. The time coverage of the series is not homogeneous, with the earliest records starting in Seville in 1780. Prior to this work only two series were available in Spain (i.e. Cadiz and Barcelona), so this data set represents a great advance in the early data availability for Spain. Due to the lack of metadata in most of the series, their interpretation must be made with caution. © 2013 Royal Meteorological Society
Article 0 Reads 9 Citations The first meteorological measurements in the Iberian Peninsula: evaluating the storm of November 1724 F. Dominguez-Castro, R. M. Trigo, J. M. Vaquero Published: 21 November 2012
Climatic Change, doi: 10.1007/s10584-012-0628-9
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Early instrumental series can play a key role in the study of recent climate change or assessments of specific extreme events. Unfortunately in the Iberian Peninsula few series are available relative to the 18th century. In this article we retrieved and make available the first daily instrumental series obtained in Iberia. The observations were made in Lisbon between 1 November 1724 and 11 January 1725 by Diogo Nunes Ribeiro. While pressure and temperature values were registered twice a day, the remaining variables, i.e. the state of the sky, wind direction and force, have only one value per day. Despite the relatively short period covered by this series, we were very fortunate to discover that it helps to characterize one of the strongest storms that struck Lisbon since the early 17th century. In particular, the data provide evidence for an outstanding pressure drop of 28.61 hPa from 1010.76 hPa on the 18 November to just 982.15 hPa on the 19 November. Using recently digitized pressure data for Lisbon since 1863, we can state that this 24 h decrease of surface pressure has been surpassed only once on the 28 November 1879. Moreover, the extreme winds associated with this “bomb” affected severely the entire Lisbon area as well as large sections of central and northern Portugal during the afternoon of 19 November and caused important damage in the eastern coast of Madeira the night before (18 November). This storm resembles the rare tropical storms that have reached the Iberian Peninsula as a tropical storm (Vince 2005) or the low intense hurricane that occurred in 1842.