Nowcasting of Thunderstorm Downdraft Winds Using Weather Radar Data

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Lukas Tüchler presents a method to detect downdrafts from thunderstorms out of Doppler-radar data.


Convective downdrafts are one of the major thunderstorm hazards which lead to frequent damage. But the prediction of these events is a challenge for the forecasters. Can radar data help in the warning of severe convective wind? Some prediction methods to estimate the potential downdraft wind speed from radar data are discussed.

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