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Two cases of severe weather in Catalonia (Spain): an observational study

  • Clemente Ramis (a1), Joan Arús (a2), José Manuel López (a2) and Antoni M Mestres (a3)
    • Published online: 01 September 1997
Abstract

Surface observations, satellite and radar imagery and cloud-to-ground lightning data are used in an observational study of two cases that produced severe weather in Catalonia (Spain). The first one occurred on 24 August 1993; a squall line crossed Catalonia from west to east producing heavy rain with rates of up to 100 mm h−1 and hail of 7 cm diameter. The observational information provided is a good tool for monitoring the event and issuing a reasonable nowcast. The second case, which occurred on 31 August 1994, was associated with the development of a tornado (F1 in the Fujita scale) as well as hail of up to 5 cm diameter. In this case the convection was almost stationary and no clear signatures of severe weather can be identified from available satellite and radar imagery.

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Meteorological Applications
  • ISSN: 1350-4827
  • EISSN: 1469-8080
  • URL: /core/journals/meteorological-applications
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