EGU General Assembly 2020
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Disdrometer Gravitational Sorting Signature in a Mediterranean Environment

Takis Kasparis, Silas Michaelides2, and John Lane3
Takis Kasparis et al.
  • 2The Cyprus Institute (
  • 3Satellite Beach

The motivation behind this research was initially the observation and the subsequent modelling of the gravitational sorting of precipitation in disdrometer-based spectra. The gravitational sorting signature (GSS) is expected to be observed when every drop impact measured by the disdrometer is time tagged and then displayed as a scatter plot diagram of drop diameter (D) versus time (t). The resulting D-t diagrams exhibit marked diagonal features and gravitational sorting signatures are characterized by a negative slope. However, because of the way that manufacturers and researchers process disdrometer data, this signature is typically wiped out. 

This research is based on the assumption that if a rain producing cloud that goes through a complete rain process from start to end, remains fixed (no advection) over a disdrometer site, then some GSS should occur; if advection dominates, then GSS may not be observable.  In this latter case, the precipitating cloud may move over the disdrometer. In this paper, two cases are presented one in which GSS was detected and another in which GSS was absent.

The disdrometer data used in this study were recorded by using a Joss-Waldvogel impact disdrometer located on the roof of a building of the meteorological station at Athalassa, Cyprus (35.15°N, 33.40°, 161.0 m above Mean Sea Level, MSL). The Joss-Waldvogel impact disdrometer used is able to record drop diameters from 0.3mm to 5.5mm in ten-second intervals, allowing for the establishment of the Drop Size Distribution (DSD) representing this range of drop sizes.

How to cite: Kasparis, T., Michaelides, S., and Lane, J.: Disdrometer Gravitational Sorting Signature in a Mediterranean Environment, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-22356,, 2020


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