EGU24-5958, updated on 08 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Freddy: breaking record for Tropical Cyclone precipitation?

Enrico Scoccimarro, Paolo Lanteri, and Leone Cavicchia
Enrico Scoccimarro et al.
  • CMCC FOUNDATION, Bologna, Italy (

Depending on the location on the Earth planet, the amount of precipitation associated with Tropical Cyclones (TCs) can reach 20% of the total yearly precipitation over land and up to 40% over some ocean regions. TC induced freshwater flooding has been suggested as the largest threat to human lives due to TCs. Therefore, a reliable quantification of the precipitation amount associated with each past TC is important for a better definition of the TC fingerprint on the climate. The temporal and horizontal resolution of state-of-the-art observational datasets and atmospheric reanalysis give the possibility to quantify the TC-associated precipitation over the Earth planet following the observed TC tracks. In this work we compare results from different observational and reanalysis datasets in terms of TC-associated precipitation, to verify the consistency between them. A particular focus is given to the record-breaking TC Freddy (Southern Indian Ocean, 2023).  Here we show that the time-varying bias in TC associated precipitation, due to the positive trend in assimilated observations, makes it difficult to assess long-term trend investigation based on reanalysis: to this aim we need to build on state-of-the-art General Circulation Models, free to evolve under historical radiative forcing. This work is part of CLINT EU project activity (grant agreement ID: 101003876; DOI: 10.3030/101003876).

How to cite: Scoccimarro, E., Lanteri, P., and Cavicchia, L.: Freddy: breaking record for Tropical Cyclone precipitation?, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-5958,, 2024.