Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/ascmo-8-31-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/ascmo-8-31-2022
15 Mar 2022
 | 15 Mar 2022

Spatial heterogeneity in rain-bearing winds, seasonality and rainfall variability in southern Africa's winter rainfall zone

Willem Stefaan Conradie, Piotr Wolski, and Bruce Charles Hewitson

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Short summary
Cape Town is situated in a small but ecologically and climatically highly diverse and vulnerable pocket of South Africa uniquely receiving its rain mostly in winter. We show complex structures in the spatial patterns of rainfall seasonality and year-to-year changes in rainfall within this domain, tied to spatial differences in the rain-bearing winds. This allows us to develop a new spatial subdivision of the region to help future studies distinguish spatially distinct climate change responses.