RUSSIAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
FACULTY OF GEOGRAPHY,
M.V. LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY
INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY,
RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
No. 01 [v. 06]
Elena A. Cherenkova1*, Nina K. Kononova1, Nadiya R. Muratova2
1Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences; Staromonetny per., 29,
Moscow, Russia 119017; Tel.: (499) 1290474, fax (495) 9590033
* Corresponding author; e-mail: [email protected]
2National Center for Space Research and Technology; Shevchenko str., 15, Almaty,
Republic of Kazakhstan 050010
ABSTRACT. In this paper, we investigate the spatial and temporal characteristics of the spring-summer atmospheric drought using various indicators from the meteorological station observations in the European Russia in May – August 2010.
Drought indicators suggest that the drought 2010 was not the most extensive. Weather conditions in the winter and spring of 2010 contributed to the occurrence of dry conditions in the central part of European Russia in May.
It has been found that the most impact of the severe drought was on the territory of the Volga region. Drought began in May and lasted for 4 months. The intensity of severe and extreme drought increased from May to August. In the south of European Russia, severe and extreme drought was observed.
Analysis of the macrocirculation conditions of the drought formation has shown the likelihood of its occurrence in the European Russia in the near future.
KEY WORDS: drought, Selyaninov hydrothermal coefficient, Palmer Drought Severity Index, Soil Water Index, European