Automatic tracking of convective cells and cell complexes from lightning and radar data

Reinhold Steinacker, Manfred Dorninger, Fritz Wölfelmaier, Thomas Krennert

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Abstract

A new automatic tracking method for convective cells and cell complexes is introduced. The method uses a simple Gaussfilter and a selection procedure to define displacement vectors of the specific system. The change of the half width of the filter results in a separation of the system's scale. The proposed method is applied on two data sources: lightning density and RADAR reflectivity. They describe different properties of convective cells and cell complexes. A strong connection of the storm tracks to topography becomes also evident.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-110
Number of pages10
JournalMeteorology and Atmospheric Physics
Volume72
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 1030 Physics, Astronomy

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