Articles | Volume 17, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14253–14273, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14253–14273, 2017

Research article 01 Dec 2017

Research article | 01 Dec 2017

Multifractal evaluation of simulated precipitation intensities from the COSMO NWP model

Daniel Wolfensberger et al.

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Cited articles

Baldauf, M., Seifert, A., Förstner, J., Majewski, D., Raschendorfer, M., and Reinhardt, T.: Operational convective-scale numerical weather prediction with the COSMO model: description and sensitivities, Mon. Weather Rev., 139, 3887–3905,, 2011.
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Short summary
Precipitation intensities simulated by the COSMO weather prediction model are compared to radar observations over a range of spatial and temporal scales using the universal multifractal framework. Our results highlight the strong influence of meteorological and topographical features on the multifractal characteristics of precipitation. Moreover, the influence of the subgrid parameterizations of COSMO is clearly visible by a break in the scaling properties that is absent from the radar data.
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