Sensitivity of precipitation forecasts to convective parameterization in the October 2007 Flash Flood in the Valencia Region (Eastern Spain)
- 1Laboratorio de Meteorología-Climatología, Unidad Mixta CEAM-UVEG, Fundación Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo, Programa de Meteorología y Climatología, Paterna (Valencia), Spain
- 2Laboratorio de Meteorología-Climatología, Unidad Mixta CEAM-UVEG, Departament de Geografia Física, Universitat de València, Valencia, Spain
Abstract. The Valencia region, on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, is an area prone to torrential rains, especially the north of Alicante province and the south of Valencia province. In October 2007, a torrential rain event with accumulated rainfall values exceeding 400 mm in less than 24 h affected the aforementioned areas, producing flash floods that caused extensive economic losses and human casualties. Several simulations of this rain event have been performed with the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) to test the influence of the different convective parameterization scheme implemented in the model on the precipitation forecast.