Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 811–837, 2019

Special issue: Observations and Modeling of the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon2014/5)...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 811–837, 2019

Research article 06 Feb 2019

Research article | 06 Feb 2019

X-band dual-polarization radar-based hydrometeor classification for Brazilian tropical precipitation systems

Jean-François Ribaud et al.

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The dominant hydrometeor types associated with Brazilian tropical precipitation systems are identified for the Amazon region during both the wet and dry seasons. Overall the stratiform regions are composed of five hydrometeor classes: drizzle, rain, wet snow, aggregates, and ice crystals, whereas convective echoes are generally associated with light rain, moderate rain, heavy rain, graupel, aggregates and ice crystals.