Semestral Journal of Centro Argentino de Meteorólogos, which is published  since 1970 and serves on the Core of Argentine Scientific Journals since 2005. Meteorologica publishes original papers in the field of atmospheric sciences and oceanography.

Registration number of intellectual property: RL-2018-42420861-APN-DNDA#MJ

ISSN 1850-468X

Volumen 44 N°2 MORE NOTES FROM THIS ISSUE

PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF A VERY SHORT TERM PRECIPITATION FORECAST SYSTEM BASED ON THE EXTRAPOLATION OF RADAR SYNTHETIC DATA

Aldana Arruti, Juan J. Ruiz, Paola Salio y Yanina García Skabar

Manuscrito recibido el 7 de noviembre de 2017, en su versión final el 28 de junio de 2018

Manuscript received on 7th November 2017, in its final form on 28th June 2018

ABSTRACT

Central and northern Argentina are one of the most favorable regions for the occurrence of high impact meteorological events. These events can generate intense precipitation, large hail and/or extreme winds, causing enormous damages to the population. Therefore, it is essential to make progress in improving very short-term weather forecasts (0-6 hours) of this type of events.

In this work, a very-short term forecast model based on extrapolation techniques of the reflectivity field is developed and evaluated. This method assumes that precipitating systems can be described from their movement, estimated from the latest available information and consists in two steps. Firstly, it estimates a vector field describing the displacement of the reflectivity field. Secondly, this motion field is used to extrapolate the reflectivity field displacement using a semi-lagrangian advective method. In this work we compare different variants in the algorithm that estimates the displacement of the reflectivity field and its impact on 2-hr reflectivity field forecasts.

Experiments were performed for a case that represents the evolution of a convective system over central Argentina. We use synthetic radar data generated from a numerical simulation with high resolution that explicitly resolved convection dynamics.