Articles | Volume 19, issue 9
Research article
17 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 17 Sep 2015

Flood triggering in Switzerland: the role of daily to monthly preceding precipitation

P. Froidevaux, J. Schwanbeck, R. Weingartner, C. Chevalier, and O. Martius

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We investigate precipitation characteristics prior to 4000 annual floods in Switzerland since 1961. The floods were preceded by heavy precipitation, but in most catchments extreme precipitation occurred only during the last 3 days prior to the flood events. Precipitation sums for earlier time periods (like e.g. 4-14 days prior to floods) were mostly average and do not correlate with the return period of the floods.