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Use of the European Severe Weather Database to verify satllite-based storm detection or nowcasting

Dotzek, Nikolai and Forster, Caroline (2008) Use of the European Severe Weather Database to verify satllite-based storm detection or nowcasting. In: 2008 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference. 2008 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference, 2008-09-08 - 2008-09-12, Darmstadt.

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Severe thunderstorms constitute a major weather hazard in Europe, with an estimated total damage of € 5-8 billion each year. Yet a pan-European database of severe weather reports in a homogeneous data format has become available only recently: the European Severe Weather Database (ESWD). We demonstrate the large potential of ESWD applications for storm detection and forecast or nowcasting/warning verification purposes. The study of five warm-season severe weather days in Europe from 2007 and 2008 revealed that up to 47% of the ESWD reports were located exactly within the polygons detected by the Cb-TRAM algorithm for three different stages of deep moist convection. The cool-season case study of extratropical cyclone “Emma” on 1 March 2008 showed that low-topped winter thunderstorms can provide a challenge for satellite storm detection and nowcasting adapted to warm-season storms with high, cold cloud tops. However, this case also demonstrated how ESWD reports alone can still be valuable to identify the hazardous regions along the cold front of the cyclone.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Use of the European Severe Weather Database to verify satllite-based storm detection or nowcasting
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Dotzek, NikolaiUNSPECIFIED
Forster, CarolineUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:2008 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:European Severe Weather Database, ESWD, Cb-TRAM, storm detection, nowcasting, thunderstorm, severe
Event Title:2008 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference
Event Location:Darmstadt
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-09-08 - 2008-09-12
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Dynamics
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Nikolai Dotzek
Deposited On:06 Nov 2008
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:33

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