19 Dec 2023
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Number and size-controlled rainfall regimes in the Netherlands: physical reality or statistical mirage?

Marc Schleiss

Abstract. An experimental study aimed at identifying special rainfall regimes with the help of co-located disdrometers is performed. Eight potentially special events (i.e., 4 number-controlled events and 4 size-controlled events) are identified and examined. However, the cross-check with additional, independent radar measurements reveals no clear evidence of such regimes. The research underscores the difficulty in confirming seemingly straightforward questions about rainfall patterns and dynamics that have been theorized in the literature for several decades. It also questions the reliability of previous claims and serves as a reminder to approach such problems with more caution, emphasizing the need for rigorous uncertainty analysis and multiple cross-checks between sensors to avoid misinterpretation.

Marc Schleiss

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Short summary
Research is conducted to identify special rainfall patterns in the Netherlands using multiple types of rainfall sensors. A total of eight potentially unique events are analyzed, considering both the number and size of raindrops. However, no clear evidence supporting the existence of a special rainfall regime could be found. The results highlight the challenges in experimentally confirming well-established theoretical ideas in the field of precipitation sciences.