Data from E. Eccel and Colleagues Advance Knowledge in Climate Research
2012 MAY 10 - (VerticalNews.com) -- According to the authors of recent research from San Michele All Adige, Italy, "Hail climatology is usually weakly known and unsatisfactorily standardised in measurement techniques. Trentino, in the Italian Alps, boasts a 271-hailpad network operated since 1974, covering nearly the whole of the regional agricultural area."
"Many hail indices, concerning both extensive and energetic features of hailstorms, were investigated in a 35-year period, seeking for climatic trends. The results show that, despite a slight, non-significant trend of decrease in the number of events and in the hit surfaces, most energetic indices, which are directly correlated to the damage to crops, have increased in the period, some at considerable rates. Particularly, indices referring to extreme values show the clearest trends. The correlation with atmospheric variables from ECMWF's reanalysis (ERA-40) was considered. Data were processed at six gridpoints, to calculate three instability-related indices. Other ten variables were considered, either integrated over the atmospheric column or at separate atmospheric levels. Correlations between seasonally averaged single atmospheric predictors and hail indices show a varied record of cases, where only some pairs of atmospheric predictors and hail indices give positive results. Statistical links were also sought using a multivariate method involving principal component regression (PCR) and partial least square regression (PSLR) techniques. Despite the more general approach allowed by these methods, only some hail indices respond to the attempt of setting up satisfactory statistical models. The principal-component predictors are built with many atmospheric variables, warning against a simplified use of correlations of some hail indices with few atmospheric predictors," wrote E. Eccel and colleagues.
The researchers concluded: "Particularly, it is shown that the number of events is not a useful index for assessing general climatic features of hailstorms, and that the use of one instability index alonelike convective available potential energy (CAPE)does not allow a thorough description of the links between atmospheric precursors of hail and its real occurrence."
Eccel and colleagues published their study in International Journal of Climatology (Quantitative hail monitoring in an alpine area: 35-year climatology and links with atmospheric variables. International Journal of Climatology, 2012;32(4):503-517).
For additional information, contact E. Eccel, Fdn Edmund Mach, Food Qual & Nutr Area, IASMA Res & Innovat Center, I-38010 San Michele All Adige, Italy.
Publisher contact information for the International Journal of Climatology is: Wiley-Blackwell, Commerce Place, 350 Main St, Malden 02148, MA, USA.
Keywords: City:San Michele All Adige, Country:Italy, Region:Europe, Climate Research
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