Dynamics of intense convective rain cells
- CIMA, University of Genoa and University of Basilicata, Italy
Abstract. Intense precipitation events are often convective in nature. A deeper understanding of the properties and the dynamics of convective rain cells is, therefore, necessary both from a physical and operational point of view. The aim of this work is to study the spatial-temporal properties of convective rain cells by using a fully parameterized nonhydrostatic code (Lokal Model) in simplified model configurations. High resolution simulations are performed and it is expected that the deep moist convection and the feedback mechanisms affecting larger scales of motion can then be resolved explicitly and some of the critical constraints of parameterization schemes can be relaxed. The sensitivity of the spatio-temporal properties of simulated cells to spatial resolution and microphysics schemes is investigated and discussed through a direct comparison with typical intense convective cells measured by radars.