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Regimes of intense precipitation in the Spanish Mediterranean area
Title: Regimes of intense precipitation in the Spanish Mediterranean area
Authors: Riesco Martín, JesúsMora García, Manuel AntonioPablo Dávila, Fernando deRivas Soriano, Luis
Keywords: Intense precipitation; Spatial patterns; Synoptic patterns; Regimes
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Atmospheric Research. 2014, 137, p. 66–79
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Abstract: In the present study severe rainfall (≥100 mmin 24 h) in the southern Mediterranean area of the Iberian Peninsula (Spanish provinces of Malaga, Granada, and Almeria) is analyzed. The spatial pattern of heavy rainfall was characterized using cluster analysis with data pertaining to 5 years (2006–2010). The areas most affected by heavy rainfall were the western and coastal areas of the province of Malaga, the border area between the provinces of Malaga and Granada, and the Eastern part of the province of Almeria (5 clusters). The average synoptic patterns associated with each cluster were also obtained. A low in the western or southwestern Iberian Peninsula and southerly/southwesterly moist flow at low levels were the most frequent patterns. Two episodes of heavy rainfall that occurred during the autumn of 2012 were also studied, revealing the importance of deep convection.
ISSN: 0169-8095
Appears in Collections:Artículos científicos 2010-2014

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