Importance of regional climate model grid spacing for the simulation of heavy precipitation in the Colorado headwaters

AMS Citation:
Prein, A. F., G. Holland, R. M. Rasmussen, J. M. Done, K. Ikeda, M. Clark, and C. Liu, 2013: Importance of regional climate model grid spacing for the simulation of heavy precipitation in the Colorado headwaters. Journal of Climate, 26, 4848-4857, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00727.1.
Date:2013-07-01
Resource Type:article
Title:Importance of regional climate model grid spacing for the simulation of heavy precipitation in the Colorado headwaters
Abstract: Summer and winter daily heavy precipitation events (events above the 97.5th percentile) are analyzed in regional climate simulations with 36-, 12-,and 4-km horizontal grid spacing over the headwaters of the Colorado River. Multiscale evaluations are useful to understand differences across horizontal scales and to evaluate the effects of upscaling finescale processes to coarser-scale features associated with precipitating systems. Only the 4-km model is able to correctly simulate precipitation totals of heavy summertime events. For winter events, results from the 4- and 12-km grid models are similar and outperform the 36-km simulation. The main advantages of the 4-km simulation are the improved spatial mesoscale patterns of heavy precipitation (below ∼100 km). However, the 4-km simulation also slightly improves larger-scale patterns of heavy precipitation.
Subject(s):Complex terrain, North America, Mesoscale systems, Extreme events, Precipitation, Regional models
Peer Review:Refereed
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Publisher's Version: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00727.1
Author(s):
  • A. Prein
  • Gregory Holland - NCAR/UCAR
  • Roy Rasmussen - NCAR/UCAR
  • James Done - NCAR/UCAR
  • Kyoko Ikeda - NCAR/UCAR
  • Martyn Clark - NCAR/UCAR
  • Changhai Liu - NCAR/UCAR
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