Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 300–312, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-9-300-2005

Special issue: Advances in flood forecasting

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 300–312, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-9-300-2005

  07 Oct 2005

07 Oct 2005

Limited-area short-range ensemble predictions targeted for heavy rain in Europe

K. Sattler and H. Feddersen K. Sattler and H. Feddersen
  • Danish Meteorological Institute, Lyngbyvej 100, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
  • Email for corresponding author address: ksa@dmi.dk

Abstract. Inherent uncertainties in short-range quantitative precipitation forecasts (QPF) from the high-resolution, limited-area numerical weather prediction model DMI-HIRLAM (LAM) are addressed using two different approaches to creating a small ensemble of LAM simulations, with focus on prediction of extreme rainfall events over European river basins. The first ensemble type is designed to represent uncertainty in the atmospheric state of the initial condition and at the lateral LAM boundaries. The global ensemble prediction system (EPS) from ECMWF serves as host model to the LAM and provides the state perturbations, from which a small set of significant members is selected. The significance is estimated on the basis of accumulated precipitation over a target area of interest, which contains the river basin(s) under consideration. The selected members provide the initial and boundary data for the ensemble integration in the LAM. A second ensemble approach tries to address a portion of the model-inherent uncertainty responsible for errors in the forecasted precipitation field by utilising different parameterisation schemes for condensation and convection in the LAM. Three periods around historical heavy rain events that caused or contributed to disastrous river flooding in Europe are used to study the performance of the LAM ensemble designs. The three cases exhibit different dynamic and synoptic characteristics and provide an indication of the ensemble qualities in different weather situations. Precipitation analyses from the Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD) are used as the verifying reference and a comparison of daily rainfall amounts is referred to the respective river basins of the historical cases.