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Spatiotemporal rainfall patterns in arid environments are not well-known. We derived properties of convective rain cells over the arid Dead Sea region from a long-term radar archive. We found differences in cell properties between synoptic systems and between flash-flood and non-flash-flood events. Large flash floods are associated with slow rain cells, directed downstream with the main catchment axis. Results from this work can be used for hydrological models and stochastic storm simulations.
Articles | Volume 21, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5165–5180, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5165-2017

Special issue: Environmental changes and hazards in the Dead Sea region (NHESS/ACP/HESS/SE...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5165–5180, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5165-2017

Research article 12 Oct 2017

Research article | 12 Oct 2017

Convective rainfall in a dry climate: relations with synoptic systems and flash-flood generation in the Dead Sea region

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Spatiotemporal rainfall patterns in arid environments are not well-known. We derived properties of convective rain cells over the arid Dead Sea region from a long-term radar archive. We found differences in cell properties between synoptic systems and between flash-flood and non-flash-flood events. Large flash floods are associated with slow rain cells, directed downstream with the main catchment axis. Results from this work can be used for hydrological models and stochastic storm simulations.
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