DOI: 10.3369/tethys.2018.15.15

pp.: 3 - 17


This study uses the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) and the three-dimensional variational data assimilation system (WRF 3DVAR), in cold and warm starts, with the aim of finding out an appropriate nowcasting method that would have improved the forecast of precipitation maxima in the mesoscale convective system that occurred in Catalonia (NE Spain) on March 21, 2012 at 20 UTC. We assimilated radar data using different configurations, qualitatively verifying the increase of rainwater produced by the assimilation of reflectivity.

Key words: WRF, 3DVAR, radar, precipitation
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DOI: 10.3369/tethys.2015.12.01

pp.: 3 - 11


Several precipitation products use radiances and reflectances obtained from the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) to estimate convective precipitation. The direct use of these physical quantities in precipitation algorithms is known to generate an overestimation of the precipitation area and an underestimation of the rainfall rates.


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DOI: 10.3369/tethys.2013.10.05

pp.: 45 - 51


The cluster classification of provenances at a site in the NE Iberian Peninsula indicated that in the period of extended winter (December to March, DJFM) fast Atlantic air flows correspond to positive WeMO index (WeMOi), while negative WeMOi are associated to Mediterranean circulations. The amount of winter precipitation was inversely correlated with winter WeMOi. Wet deposition fluxes of marine-derived (Na+, Mg2+ and Cl-) and anthropogenic-derived (NO3- and K+) ions were significantly (and negatively) related to winter WeMOi.


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