Articles | Volume 19, issue 3
Research article
04 Feb 2019
Research article |  | 04 Feb 2019

Impact of humidity biases on light precipitation occurrence: observations versus simulations

Sophie Bastin, Philippe Drobinski, Marjolaine Chiriaco, Olivier Bock, Romain Roehrig, Clemente Gallardo, Dario Conte, Marta Domínguez Alonso, Laurent Li, Piero Lionello, and Ana C. Parracho


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AR by Sophie Bastin on behalf of the Authors (14 Dec 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (21 Dec 2018) by Heini Wernli
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (15 Jan 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Jan 2019) by Heini Wernli
AR by Sophie Bastin on behalf of the Authors (22 Jan 2019)  Manuscript 
Short summary
This paper uses colocated observations of temperature, precipitation and humidity to investigate the triggering of precipitation. It shows that there is a critical value of humidity above which precipitation picks up. This critical value depends on T and varies spatially. It also analyses how this dependency is reproduced in regional climate simulations over Europe. Models with too little and too light precipitation have both lower critical value of humidity and higher probability to exceed it.
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