Articles | Volume 24, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 3157–3188, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-3157-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 3157–3188, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-3157-2020

Research article 19 Jun 2020

Research article | 19 Jun 2020

The accuracy of weather radar in heavy rain: a comparative study for Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden

Marc Schleiss et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (06 Nov 2019) by Nadav Peleg
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RR by Miguel Angel Rico-Ramirez (24 Apr 2020)
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (25 Apr 2020) by Nadav Peleg
AR by Lorena Grabowski on behalf of the Authors (13 May 2020)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (15 May 2020) by Nadav Peleg
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A multinational assessment of radar's ability to capture heavy rain events is conducted. In total, six different radar products in Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden were considered. Results show a fair agreement, with radar underestimating by 17 %-44 % on average compared with gauges. Despite being adjusted for bias, five of six radar products still exhibited strong conditional biases with intensities of 1–2% per mm/h. Median peak intensity bias was significantly higher, reaching 44 %–67%.