Snow Virga above the Swiss Plateau Observed by a Micro Rain Radar

Beynon, Ruben; Hocke, Klemens (2022). Snow Virga above the Swiss Plateau Observed by a Micro Rain Radar. Remote sensing, 14(4), p. 890. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/rs14040890

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Studies of snow virga precipitation are rare. In this study, we investigated data from a vertically pointing Doppler Micro Rain Radar (MRR) in Bern, Switzerland, from 2008 to 2013 for snow virga precipitation events. The MRR data were reprocessed using the radar data processing algorithm of Garcia-Benardi et al., which allows the reliable determination of the snow virga precipitation rate. We focus on a long-lasting snow virga event from 17 March 2013, supported by atmospheric reanalysis data and atmospheric back trajectories. The snow virga was associated with a wind shear carrying moist air and snow precipitation in the upper air layers and dry air in the lower air layers. The lowest altitudes reached by the precipitation varied between 300 m and 1500 m above the ground over the course of the event. The duration of the snow virga was 22 h. In disagreement with the MRR observations, ERA5 reanalysis indicated drizzle at the ground over a time segment of 4 h during the snow virga event.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Applied Physics
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Applied Physics > Microwaves

UniBE Contributor:

Beynon, Ruben and Hocke, Klemens


500 Science
500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology




Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI




Klemens Hocke

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24 Feb 2022 13:27

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24 Feb 2022 18:07

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