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Research article
16 Dec 2021
Research article |  | 16 Dec 2021

A characterisation of Alpine mesocyclone occurrence

Monika Feldmann, Urs Germann, Marco Gabella, and Alexis Berne

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Mesocyclones are the rotating updraught of supercell thunderstorms that present a particularly hazardous subset of thunderstorms. A first-time characterisation of the spatiotemporal occurrence of mesocyclones in the Alpine region is presented, using 5 years of Swiss operational radar data. We investigate parallels to hailstorms, particularly the influence of large-scale flow, daily cycles and terrain. Improving understanding of mesocyclones is valuable for risk assessment and warning purposes.