Hydrology and Land Surface Studies
Statistical analysis of rainfall intermittency at small spatial and temporal scales
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 18, 28 September 2011
How to Cite
2011), Statistical analysis of rainfall intermittency at small spatial and temporal scales, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L18403, doi:10.1029/2011GL049000., , and (
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 27 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Received: 21 JUL 2011
- statistical analysis
 Rainfall intermittency is analyzed and quantified at small spatial and temporal scales using 2 years of radar and disdrometer data collected in Switzerland. Analytical models are fitted and used to describe the intermittency for spatial scales between 0 and 30 km and temporal resolutions between 30 s and 6 h, providing climatological parameterizations for efficient and accurate upscaling/downscaling of intermittent rainfall fields. First, the zero rainfall probability is analyzed with respect to the considered spatial resolution. Second, the spatial autocorrelation of rainfall intermittency is quantified with respect to the temporal resolution. Finally, the temporal autocorrelation is analyzed with respect to the spatial resolution. The results show that all these different aspects of rainfall intermittency can be accurately described by a scaled exponential function with a fixed shape parameter and a variable scale parameter. Models describing this variability are provided.