Natural Hazards

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 81–91 | Cite as

Below-thunderstorm rain scavenging of urban aerosols in the health hazardous modes

  • D. M. ChateEmail author
Original Paper


A very high number concentration of aerosols in urban locations has a wide impact on health and ecosystem. The evolutions of urban aerosol distributions at elapse-time 30 and 60 min are simulated at rainfall rates, 0.5 and 0.9 mm h−1 applying scavenging coefficients to initial aerosols number concentrations (before rain). We show how thunderstorm rain scavenges number concentrations of urban aerosols in the ultrafine and fine modes. Elapsed-time evolutions of urban aerosols presented in this work show washout of about 50–60 and 70–80% number concentrations of particles in the diameter range 0.02 μm ≤ D p  ≤ 0.1 μm after 30 and 60 min of thunderstorm rain when compared to initial number concentrations (before rain). Assuming 37 and 24% Sulfate and Organic Carbon particles in aerosol distributions in the urban environment and by applying scavenging coefficients to these initial number concentrations, elapse-time evolutions after 30 and 60 min of thunderstorm rain are presented in this work. The health impact is addressed in terms of depositions of particles within respiratory system by deposition fractions as a function of particle size. For D p  ≤ 0.1 μm, 33 and 41% of initial number concentrations of Sulfate and Organic Carbon particles deposits within respiratory system. Whereas elapsed-time evolutions show 60 and 80% cleansing of initial number concentrations of Sulfate and Organic Carbon particles after 30 and 60 min of thunderstorm rain.


Health impact Urban aerosol Respiratory system Scavenging coefficient 



Author expresses sincere gratitude to Prof. B. N. Goswami, Director, I.I.T.M., Pune (India), and to Dr. P. C. S. Devara, Head, PM & A, for their continuous support to scientific work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of Tropical MeteorologyPuneIndia

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