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Overview of the First Hymex Special Observation Period Over Italy: Observations and Model Results : Volume 10, Issue 9 (23/09/2013)

By Ferretti, R.

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Title: Overview of the First Hymex Special Observation Period Over Italy: Observations and Model Results : Volume 10, Issue 9 (23/09/2013)  
Author: Ferretti, R.
Volume: Vol. 10, Issue 9
Language: English
Subject: Science, Hydrology, Earth
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Pucillo, A., Manzato, A., Gentile, S., Casaioli, M., Maiello, I., Loglisci, N.,...Colaiuda, V. (2013). Overview of the First Hymex Special Observation Period Over Italy: Observations and Model Results : Volume 10, Issue 9 (23/09/2013). Retrieved from

Description: CETEMPS, Department of Physics, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy. During the first Hymex campaign (5 September–6 November 2012) referred to as Special Observation Period (SOP-1), dedicated to heavy precipitation events and flash floods in Western Mediterranean, three Italian hydro-meteorological monitoring sites were activated: Liguria-Tuscany, North-Eastern Italy and Central Italy. The extraordinary deployment of advanced instrumentation, including instrumented aircrafts, and the use of several different operational weather forecast models has allowed an unprecedented monitoring and analysis of high impact weather events around the Italian hydro-meteorological sites. This activity has seen the strict collaboration between the Italian scientific and operational communities. In this paper, an overview of the Italian organization during the SOP-1 is provided, and selected Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) are described. A significant event for each Italian target area is chosen for this analysis: IOP2 (12–13 September 2012) in North-Eastern Italy, IOP13 (15–16 October 2012) in Central Italy and IOP19 (3–5 November 2012) in Liguria and Tuscany. For each IOP the meteorological characteristics, together with special observations and weather forecasts, are analyzed with the aim of highlighting strengths and weaknesses of the forecast modeling systems. Moreover, using one of the three events, the usefulness of different operational chains is highlighted.

Overview of the first HyMeX Special Observation Period over Italy: observations and model results

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