Comparison of an automated classification system with an empirical classification of circulation patterns over the Pannonian basin, Central Europe

  • Panagiotis Maheras
  • Konstantia Tolika
  • Ioannis Tegoulias
  • Christina Anagnostopoulou
  • Klicász Szpirosz
  • Csaba Károssy
  • László Makra
Original Paper


The aim of the study is to compare the performance of the two classification methods, based on the atmospheric circulation types over the Pannonian basin in Central Europe. Moreover, relationships including seasonal occurrences and correlation coefficients, as well as comparative diagrams of the seasonal occurrences of the circulation types of the two classification systems are presented. When comparing of the automated (objective) and empirical (subjective) classification methods, it was found that the frequency of the empirical anticyclonic (cyclonic) types is much higher (lower) than that of the automated anticyclonic (cyclonic) types both on an annual and seasonal basis. The highest and statistically significant correlations between the circulation types of the two classification systems, as well as those between the cumulated seasonal anticyclonic and cyclonic types occur in winter for both classifications, since the weather-influencing effect of the atmospheric circulation in this season is the most prevalent. Precipitation amounts in Budapest display a decreasing trend in accordance with the decrease in the occurrence of the automated cyclonic types. In contrast, the occurrence of the empirical cyclonic types displays an increasing trend. There occur types in a given classification that are usually accompanied by high ratios of certain types in the other classification.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Meteorology and Climatology, Faculty of Sciences, School of GeologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessaloníkiGreece
  2. 2.Zrínyi Miklós Secondary SchoolBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Savaria University CentreEötvös Loránd UniversitySzombathelyHungary
  4. 4.Faculty of Agriculture, Institute of Economics and Rural DevelopmentUniversity of SzegedHódmezővásárhelyHungary

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