Application of microwave radiometer and wind profiler data in the estimation of wind gust associated with intense convective weather

P W Chan, K H Wong
2008 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment  
Estimates of the wind gusts associated with intense convective weather could be obtained using empirical relationships such as GUSTEX based on radiosonde measurements. However, such data are only available a couple of times a day and may not reflect the rapidly changing atmospheric condition in spring and summer times. The feasibility of combining the thermodynamic profiles from a ground-based microwave radiometer and wind profiles given by radar wind profilers in the continuous estimation of
more » ... ous estimation of wind gusts is studied in this paper. Based on the results of a 4-month trial of a microwave radiometer in Hong Kong in 2004, the estimated and the actual gusts are reasonably well correlated. It is also found that the wind gusts so estimated provide better indications of the strength of squalls compared with those based on radiosonde measurements and with a lead time of about one hour.
doi:10.1088/1755-1307/1/1/012042 fatcat:mcqvujufurej7da3bq3twqbphu