Radar Applications in Northern Scotland (RAiNS)

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  • 1 National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Leeds, UK, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 2 Ove Arup & Partners, Leeds, UK
  • 3 National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Leeds, UK, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
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Abstract

The Radar Applications in Northern Scotland (RAiNS) experiment took place from February to August 2016 near Inverness, Scotland. The campaign was motivated by the need to provide enhanced weather radar observations for hydrological applications for the Inverness region. Here we describe the campaign in detail and observations over the summer period of the campaign that show the improvements that high-resolution polarimetric radar observations may have on quantitative precipitation estimates in this region compared to concurrently generated operational radar quantitative precipitation estimates (QPE). We further provide suggestions of methods for generating QPE using dual-polarisation X-band radars in similar regions.

Corresponding author address: School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, LS2 9JT. Email: ryan.neely@ncas.ac.uk

Abstract

The Radar Applications in Northern Scotland (RAiNS) experiment took place from February to August 2016 near Inverness, Scotland. The campaign was motivated by the need to provide enhanced weather radar observations for hydrological applications for the Inverness region. Here we describe the campaign in detail and observations over the summer period of the campaign that show the improvements that high-resolution polarimetric radar observations may have on quantitative precipitation estimates in this region compared to concurrently generated operational radar quantitative precipitation estimates (QPE). We further provide suggestions of methods for generating QPE using dual-polarisation X-band radars in similar regions.

Corresponding author address: School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, LS2 9JT. Email: ryan.neely@ncas.ac.uk
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