Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Content Description

1 online resource (xiv, 114 pages) : color illustrations, color maps.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Christopher D Thorncroft


Climate, Extremes, Northeast, Temperature, Trends, Atmospheric temperature, Earth temperature, Climatic extremes, Global temperature changes

Subject Categories

Atmospheric Sciences | Environmental Sciences | Meteorology


The warming signal associated with anthropogenic climate change shows a significant positive trend globally over the last century. Trends in the magnitude and frequency of annual mean and extreme events do not display a globally uniform signal, as some regions have shown negative trends. This study examines the trends in daily mean and extreme temperatures in the Northeast region of the United States. Station data was selected from the GHCN-D Version 3 data set, using a blend of stations from the weather forecast offices and the cooperative observing network. Station criteria included using a threshold of less than 5% of missing data and in which consecutive daily missing data did not exceed one season. A total of 63 stations were analyzed for the study period of 1950 - 2019.