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Multi-model simulations of a convective situation in mountainous terrain

Trentmann, Jörg and Keil, Christian and Salzmann, Marc and Barthlott, Christian and Bauer, Hans-Stefan and Schwitalla, T. and Lowrence, Mark G. and Leuenberger, Daniel and Wulfmeyer, Volker and Corsmeier, U. and Kottmeier, C. and Wernli, H. (2009) Multi-model simulations of a convective situation in mountainous terrain. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics (103), pp. 95-103. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s00703-008-0323-6

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Abstract

The goal of the present study is to investigate the variability of simulated convective precipitation by three convection-resolving models using different setups and initial and boundary conditions. The COSMO, MM5 and WRF models have been used to simulate the atmospheric situation on 12 July 2006, when local convection occurred in central Europe under weak synoptic forcing. The focus of this investigation is on the convective precipitation in the Northern Black Forest in South-West Germany. The precipitation fields from the nine model simulations differ considerably. Six simulations capture the convective character of the event. However, they differ considerably in the location and timing of the intense convective cells. Only one model simulation captures the early onset of precipitation; in all other simulations, the onset of convective precipitation is delayed by up to five hours. All model simulations significantly underpredict the amount of surface precipitation compared to gauge-adjusted radar observations. The simulated diurnal cycles show maximum CAPE and minimum CIN values in the early afternoon. The different onset times of precipitation in the model simulations are shifted in accordance to the simulated diurnal cycles of CAPE and CIN. In the simulations with an early onset of precipitation also maximum CAPE and minimum CIN values appear early. The amount of simulated precipitation, however, does not correlate with CAPE or CIN.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/54693/
Document Type:Article
Title:Multi-model simulations of a convective situation in mountainous terrain
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Trentmann, JörgJohannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Keil, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Salzmann, MarcMPI for Chemistry, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Barthlott, ChristianKIT, KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Bauer, Hans-StefanUniv. Hohenheim, HohenheimUNSPECIFIED
Schwitalla, T.Univ. Hohenheim, HohenheimUNSPECIFIED
Lowrence, Mark G.MPI for Chemistry, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Leuenberger, DanielMeteoSwiss, Zürich, CHUNSPECIFIED
Wulfmeyer, VolkerUniv. Hohenheim, HohenheimUNSPECIFIED
Corsmeier, U.KIT, KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Kottmeier, C.KIT, KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Wernli, H.Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Date:2009
Journal or Publication Title:Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s00703-008-0323-6
Page Range:pp. 95-103
Publisher:Springer
Status:Published
Keywords:COSMO, high resolution Ensemble
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Traffic and Weather (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Keil, Dr.rer.nat. Christian
Deposited On:17 Jul 2008
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:22

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