Relationship between precipitation sum and cloud properties over Fars province in Iran was analyzed for the cases of light (4 mm), moderate (17 mm), and heavy (62 mm) precipitation. The cloud properties (temperature and pressure at the top, cloud optical thickness and cloud water path) were obtained from satellite data of spectoradiometer MODIS (MODO6). The spatial distribution of rainfall was obtained from the 3-hourly data of TRMM (3B42). The multivariate regression model was developed to predict the spatial distribution of rainfall. A strong significant positive association between the spatial distribution of cloud characteristics and heavy precipitation was found, while no clear correlation was revealed between light precipitation and cloud properties. The developed regression model comprised 64, 47, and 24% of spatial variance of heavy, moderate, and light rainfall, respectively. The influence of cloud water path on the spatial distribution of rainfall dominates.
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Original Russian Text © M. Halimi, M. Rezaei, Ch. Mohammadi, M. Farajzadeh, 2017, published in Meteorologiya i Gidrologiya, 2017, No. 10, pp. 91-99.
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Halimi, M., Rezaei, M., Mohammadi, C. et al. Association between cloudiness and rainfall over Fars province in Iran. Russ. Meteorol. Hydrol. 42, 671–676 (2017). https://doi.org/10.3103/S1068373917100077
- Cloud properties
- multivariate regression
- Fars province (Iran)