Articles | Volume 2
Adv. Geosci., 2, 273–277, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-2-273-2005
Adv. Geosci., 2, 273–277, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-2-273-2005

  05 Aug 2005

05 Aug 2005

Diagnosis and modelling of a summer convective storm over Mediterranean Pyrenees

A. Callado and R. Pascual A. Callado and R. Pascual
  • Centre Meteorològic Territorial a Catalunya of Instituto Nacional de Meteorología, Barcelona, Spain

Abstract. Over the Mediterranean Pyrenees and near coastal region there is a high frequency of convective storms during summertime. This fact determines a local maximum of precipitation at this season unlike the normal and general minimum over Mediterranean basin.

The common synoptic and mesoscale patterns associated to convective phenomena are briefly analyzed and diagnosed with radar imagery, surface pressure and isobaric level fields and surface data. They usually involves a little distant through at medium levels, very weak pressure gradient at the surface and not significant instability, but a preferred Planetary Boundary Layer low-level convergence zones tied to the orography. As a result of this analysis two different kinds of circulations associated to recurrent convergence zones have been recognized: upvalley/upslope winds and sea breezes.

High resolution simulations from a Numerical Weather Prediction model for a case study have carried out to analyze the role of the main key components, i.e. the orography, the sea and valley breeze and their influence to generate local convergence zones. Furthermore, the skills of the model to simulate the location and the intensity of the precipitation of these summer Mediterranean storms have been discussed.

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