Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 12, 3137–3160, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3137–3160, 2018
Research article
04 Oct 2018
Research article | 04 Oct 2018

Spatial variability in snow precipitation and accumulation in COSMO–WRF simulations and radar estimations over complex terrain

Franziska Gerber et al.

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A comparison of winter precipitation variability in operational radar measurements and high-resolution simulations reveals that large-scale variability is well captured by the model, depending on the event. Precipitation variability is driven by topography and wind. A good portion of small-scale variability is captured at the highest resolution. This is essential to address small-scale precipitation processes forming the alpine snow seasonal snow cover – an important source of water.