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Statistical characteristics of convective wind gusts in Germany

Mohr, S.; Kunz, M.; Richter, A.; Ruck, B.

Due to the small-scale and non-stationary nature of the convective wind gusts usually associated with thunderstorms, there is a considerable lack of knowledge regarding their characteristics and statistics. In an effort to remedy this situation, we investigated in this study a set of 110 climate stations of the German Weather Service between 1992 and 2014 to analyze the temporal and spatial distribution, intensity, and occurrence probability of convective gusts.

Similar to thunderstorm activity, the frequency of convective gusts decreases gradually from southern to northern Germany. No further spatial structures, such as a relation to orography or climate conditions, can be identified regarding their strength or likelihood. Rather, high wind speeds of above 30 m s−1 can be expected everywhere in Germany with almost similar occurrence probabilities. A comparison of the 20-year return values of convective gusts with those of turbulent gusts demonstrates that the latter have higher frequencies, especially in northern Germany. However, for higher return periods, this effect can be reversed at some stations.

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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM)
Institut für Hydromechanik (IFH)
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.5194/nhess-17-957-2017
ISSN: 1561-8633, 1684-9981
KITopen ID: 1000071814
HGF-Programm 12.01.01; LK 01
Erschienen in Natural hazards and earth system sciences
Band 17
Heft 6
Seiten 957-969
Lizenz CC BY 4.0: Creative Commons Namensnennung 4.0 International
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