Quantitative precipitation forecast of the Soverato flood: The role of orography and surface fluxes

Federico, S. and Bellecci, C. and Colacino, M. (2003) Quantitative precipitation forecast of the Soverato flood: The role of orography and surface fluxes. Il nuovo cimento C, 26 (1). pp. 7-22. ISSN 1826-9885

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During the night between 9 and 10 September 2000 a strong flood occurred in Soverato, a small town of Ionian coast of Calabria, killing 13 people. This was the top of an intense precipitation event occurred over the region during 8th, 9th, 10th September. In this paper the study of this event is performed, both analysing the synoptical aspects and using a numerical meteorological model either to reproduce the precipitation fields or to highlight some mesoscale features that determined the very intense and abundant rainfall. After a short description of the case study and presentation of measured rainfall fields, simulations are discussed. The study is based on three numerical simulations performed using the CSU-RAMS model (Regional mesoscale Modeling System) developed at Colorado State University and daily used at Crati Scrl to produce weather forecasts over Calabria peninsula. The first run is the control case and assesses the model ability to reproduce the flood cumulated rainfall by comparison with rain gauge data collected by the “Istituto Idrografico e Mareografico-Dipartimento di Catanzaro”. Second simulation is made to assess the influence of orographic barriers on the precipitation field, while third simulation evaluates the sensitivity to latent and sensible heat fluxes. Results indicate that the model simulate in satisfactory way the location and amount of rainfall, even if some problems are open and require more investigations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Convection, turbulence, and diffusion ; Water in the atmosphere (humidity, clouds, evaporation, precipitation)
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 550 Scienze della Terra > 551 Geologia, Idrologia, Meteorologia
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 09:44
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 09:44
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/15091

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