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Volume 17
Adv. Geosci., 17, 35–41, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-17-35-2008
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Adv. Geosci., 17, 35–41, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-17-35-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  20 Jun 2008

20 Jun 2008

Characterization of a Mediterranean flash flood event using rain gauges, radar, GIS and lightning data

M. Barnolas2, A. Atencia1, M. C. Llasat1, and T. Rigo2 M. Barnolas et al.
  • 1Meteorological Hazards Analysis Team (GAMA) Department of Astronomy & Meteorology Faculty of Physics, University of Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
  • 2Meteorological Service of Catalonia, Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain Mercè Barnolas, Department of Astronomy and Meteorology, Faculty of Physics, University of Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Abstract. Flash flood events are very common in Catalonia, generating a high impact on society, including losses in life almost every year. They are produced by the overflowing of ephemeral rivers in narrow and steep basins close to the sea. This kind of floods is associated with convective events producing high rainfall intensities. The aim of the present study is to analyse the 12–14 September 2006 flash flood event within the framework of the characteristics of flood events in the Internal Basins of Catalonia (IBC). To achieve this purpose all flood events occurred between 1996 and 2005 have been analysed. Rainfall and radar data have been introduced into a GIS, and a classification of the events has been done. A distinction of episodes has been made considering the spatial coverage of accumulated rainfall in 24 h, and the degree of the convective precipitation registered. The study case can be considered as a highly convective one, with rainfalls covering all the IBC on the 13th of September. In that day 215.9 mm/24 h were recorded with maximum intensities above 130 mm/h. A complete meteorological study of this event is also presented. In addition, as this is an episode with a high lightning activity it has been chosen to be studied into the framework of the FLASH project. In this way, a comparison between this information and raingauge data has been developed. All with the goal in mind of finding a relation between lightning density, radar echoes and amounts of precipitation. Furthermore, these studies improve our knowledge about thunderstorms systems.

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