Articles | Volume 16, issue 14
Research article
17 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 17 Jul 2023

How observations from automatic hail sensors in Switzerland shed light on local hailfall duration and compare with hailpad measurements

Jérôme Kopp, Agostino Manzato, Alessandro Hering, Urs Germann, and Olivia Martius


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2023-68', Andrew Heymsfield, 30 Apr 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on amt-2023-68', Julian C. Brimelow, 25 May 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Jérôme Kopp on behalf of the Authors (05 Jun 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (15 Jun 2023) by Gianfranco Vulpiani
AR by Jérôme Kopp on behalf of the Authors (15 Jun 2023)
Short summary
We present the first study of extended field observations made by a network of 80 automatic hail sensors from Switzerland. The sensors record the exact timing of hailstone impacts, providing valuable information about the local duration of hailfall. We found that the majority of hailfalls lasts just a few minutes and that most hailstones, including the largest, fall during a first phase of high hailstone density, while a few remaining and smaller hailstones fall in a second low-density phase.