Articles | Volume 10, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2573–2594, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-2573-2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2573–2594, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-2573-2017

Research article 20 Jul 2017

Research article | 20 Jul 2017

Retrieval of the raindrop size distribution from polarimetric radar data using double-moment normalisation

Timothy H. Raupach and Alexis Berne

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The raindrop size distribution (DSD) describes the microstructure of rain. It is required knowledge for weather radar applications and has broad applicability to studies of rainfall processes, including weather models and rain retrieval algorithms. We present a new technique for estimating the DSD from polarimetric radar data. The new method was tested in three different domains, and its performance was found to be similar to and often better than an an existing DSD retrieval method.