The role of updrafts in the scaling of extreme precipitation in midlatitudes

F.P. Bentvelsen, G. Lenderink, A.P. Siebesma

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We investigate the hypothesis that invigoration of convective updrafts under warming conditions contributes to the stronger than Clausius-Clapeyron (CC) scaling. Focus is on a mid-latitude case of extreme precipitation, based on idealised forcing conditions derived for the Netherlands, with strong surface forcing as well as strong forcing from large-scale rising motion associated with the passage of a synoptic scale low pressure or frontal system. Various Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of this composite case have been performed on a 192x192 km domain. By systematically perturbing the atmospheric temperature profile, a large response of cloud dynamics to warming with larger and more vigorous cloud structures in the warmer runs has been found.*

Here, we study these cloud dynamics further by investigating the vertical wind velocity in the cloud (cores). Updrafts play a key role in rain formation by transporting moisture upward in the clouds. We will demonstrate how the distributions of these vertical velocities near the surface and at different levels in the clouds respond to warming in this mid-latitude setting and how they relate to cloud properties as cell size and buoyancy.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventEGU General Assembly 2021 -
Duration: 19 Apr 202130 Apr 2021


ConferenceEGU General Assembly 2021
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