Articles | Volume 2, issue 3
Weather Clim. Dynam., 2, 795–818, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-2-795-2021
Weather Clim. Dynam., 2, 795–818, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-2-795-2021
Research article
31 Aug 2021
Research article | 31 Aug 2021

A numerical study to investigate the roles of former Hurricane Leslie, orography and evaporative cooling in the 2018 Aude heavy-precipitation event

Marc Mandement and Olivier Caumont

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On 14–15 October 2018, in the Aude department (France), a heavy-precipitation event produced up to about 300 mm of rain in 11 h. Simulations carried out show that the former Hurricane Leslie, while involved, was not the first supplier of moisture over the entire event. The location of the highest rainfall was primarily driven by the location of a quasi-stationary front and secondarily by the location of precipitation bands downwind of mountains bordering the Mediterranean Sea.