Articles | Volume 7
Adv. Geosci., 7, 15–18, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-7-15-2006
Adv. Geosci., 7, 15–18, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-7-15-2006

  13 Jan 2006

13 Jan 2006

Warm season precipitation climatology: first European results

V. Levizzani1, R. Ginnetti1, A. G. Laing2, and R. E. Carbone2 V. Levizzani et al.
  • 1National Research Council, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Bologna, Italy
  • 2National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA

Abstract. To date very low scores are associated to quantitative precipitation forecasts (QPF) of warm season precipitation, a fact mostly due to the little knowledge of the mechanisms driving these phenomena. The study aims to produce a five-year climatology (1999–2003) of warm season precipitation systems (MJJA) over Europe using Meteosat IR brightness temperatures as a contribution to a global study launched by the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). Cold cloud persistence, span and duration of weather systems were determined to derive the zonal propagation speed and daily cycles.

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