Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4543–4564, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4543–4564, 2021

Research article 18 Jun 2021

Research article | 18 Jun 2021

Identification of snowfall microphysical processes from Eulerian vertical gradients of polarimetric radar variables

Noémie Planat et al.


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AR by Noémie Planat on behalf of the Authors (16 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Apr 2021) by Gianfranco Vulpiani
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (19 Apr 2021)
ED: Publish as is (27 Apr 2021) by Gianfranco Vulpiani
Short summary
We implement a new method to identify microphysical processes during cold precipitation events based on the sign of the vertical gradient of polarimetric radar variables. We analytically asses the meteorological conditions for this vertical analysis to hold, apply it on two study cases and successfully compare it with other methods informing about the microphysics. Finally, we are able to obtain the main vertical structure and characteristics of the different processes during these study cases.