Journal "Science" features research of Cerveny, Svoma & Vose
This week the home page of the journal Science features research by President's Professor Randy Cerveny, Ph.D. student Bohumil Svoma, & alumnus Dr. Russell Vose, chief of the Product Development Branch at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.
The research supports several traditions' belief that rainfall timing is associated with phases of the moon. Cerveny and his co-authors, using more than a century of data, found evidence that rainfall tends to fall in the days following both the full and new phases of the moon.
The researchers can't at this point explain how the moon exerts this effect, but Cerveny comments that his group has found one more link in the mechanism tying the two phenomena. He says, "Hopefully, other people are going to work the chain back to the ultimate cause."
An article soon to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reports the research fully.
- Article on Science web site
- Online version of Geophysical Research Letters article, "The lunar tidal influence on inland river streamflow across the conterminous United States"