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Information

The rain rate is estimated by an opacity physical retrieval method (see Wang et al. 2021) using ground-based microwave radiometer data (21.4 and 31.5 GHz) of the TRopospheric WAter RAdiometer (TROWARA) at Bern, Switzerland. The method firstly establishes a direct connection between the rain rate and the enhanced atmospheric opacity during rain, then iteratively adjusts the rain effective temperature to determine the rain opacity, based on the radiative transfer equation, and finally estimates the rain rate.

Time series

The plots below shows the time series of the accumulated precipitation (day, month, year). TROWARA rain rate estimations are compared with the available simultaneous rain rate derived from rain gauge data and reanalysis data (ERA5). The monthly rain rate is the accumulated precipitation per month in mm/month, and the annual rain rate is the accumulated precipitation per year in mm/year, contains four variables:

Real time rain-rate estimation

Update every day at noon, the latest data is 3 days ago.

month

Real time series of the rain rate for an opacity physical retrieval method at 21 GHz (solid red), at 31 GHz (solid yellow),and rain gauge (dashed green) in Bern for 15 days, ILWR=0.4 mm .

Monthly rain-rate estimation

month

Monthly time series of the rain rate for an opacity physical retrieval method at 21 GHz (solid red), at 31 GHz (solid yellow), rain gauge (dashed green), and ERA5 (dashed blue) in Bern over the period 2004 to 2019 (192 months). Months without rain are 0, and it is assigned as NaN when the data is missing.

Annual rain-rate estimation

year

Annual time series of the rain rate for an opacity physical retrieval method at 21 GHz (solid red), at 31 GHz (solid yellow), rain gauge (dashed green), and ERA5 (dashed blue) in Bern over the period 2004 to 2019 (16 years).

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Contactlast update: March 2020