Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 72, Issue 2–4, pp 101–110 | Cite as

Automatic Tracking of Convective Cells and Cell Complexes from Lightning and Radar Data

  • R. Steinacker
  • M. Dorninger
  • F. Wölfelmaier
  • T. Krennert

Summary

 A new automatic tracking method for convective cells and cell complexes is introduced. The method uses a simple Gaussfilter and a selection procedure to define displacement vectors of the specific system. The change of the half width of the filter results in a separation of the system’s scale. The proposed method is applied on two data sources: lightning density and RADAR reflectivity. They describe different properties of convective cells and cell complexes. A strong connection of the storm tracks to topography becomes also evident.

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Steinacker
    • 1
  • M. Dorninger
    • 1
  • F. Wölfelmaier
    • 1
  • T. Krennert
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitaöt Wien, Institut fuör Meteorologie und Geophysik, AustriaAT

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