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Special Issue:
"Rain sensors"
Guest Editors:
Prof. Filippo Giannetti
Prof. Luca G. Lanza

Deadline for manuscript submissions:
30 September 2021

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>The Lead Centre partecipated to the EGU general assembly 2020

Special Issue:
"Precipitation Measurement Instruments: Calibration, Accuracy and Performance"
Guest Editor:
Prof. Luca G. Lanza
Deadline for manuscript submissions:
30 September 2020

New publication:
Cauteruccio et al. (2020)
The role of free-stream turbulence in attenuating the wind updraft above the collector of precipitation gauges.
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Thechnology, 37, pages 103-113.

The first european standard on the accuracy of precipitation measurements instruments has been published as EN 17277:2019 "Hydrometry. Measurement requirements and classification of rainfall intensity measuring instruments"

kick-off meeting of the new EURAMET/EMPIR project INCIPIT "calibration and accuracy of non-catching instruments to measure liquid/solid atmospheric precipitation" hosted by the Lead Centre in Vigna di Valle.

The Lead Centre partecipated to the EGU general assembly 2019 in Vienna

The Lead Centre partecipated to the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2017 in Amsterdam

The Lead Centre partecipated to the Metoemet final meeting in Moncalieri (Tourin), presentig the results performed in the Research Excellence Grant (REG3) of the Meteomet2 project.

The Lead Centre partecipated to the EGU 2017 conference with poster presentations on wind tunnel experiments and precipitation measurements issues.

The Lead Centre will participate to the WMO TECO 2016 conference and the International Conference on Metrology for Meteorology and Climate with poster presentations on the more recent research developments and ongoing collaborations.

Wind tunnel experiments are currently under execution at the DICCA laboratories to provide information on rain gauges performance under turbulent winds and validation of CFD numerical analysis.

Oral presentation at the AMS annual meeting in New Orleans. Download the presentation.

Oral and poster presentations at the UrbanRain workshop (Pontresina). Download the short paper on the jointed CFD activity with EML.

The Lead Centre has recently signed a new research agreement with LSI LASTEM to study an improved rainfall intensity sensor compliant with UNI 11452:2012.

Arctic Circle 2015 Assembly

Presentation at the Arctic Metrology breakout session of the Arctic Circle 2015 Assembly.

New publications about the Lead Centre CFD studies available on AMS journals.

New field activities

Installation and set-up of aerodynamic gauges and a laser disdrometer at the Vigna di Valle field site.


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IMS Mountain Centre (CAMM) - Mt. Cimone

CAMM centre is located in the heart of the Apennines, with its operative base on the top of Mt Cimone (2165 m a.s.l.), and logistic base in Sestola (1020 m a.s.l.), at about 65 km far from Modena and 87 km from Bologna. Mt Cimone is the highest peak of the northern Apennines, with a field of view free for all 360°. The geographic location and the high altitude make Mt Cimone a strategic and particular representative site for telecommunications and for meteorological observations and research. The Centre is depending on C.N.M.C.A. (Centro Nazionale di Meteorologia e Climatologia Aeronautica – National Meteorological and Climatological Air Force Centre) of Pratica di Mare (Rome).
C.A.M.M. has three main duties:

In particular, CAMM deals with traditional meteorology (aeronautic and synoptic) for air navigation assistance and for weather forecast service and with GAW observations for climate and atmospheric changing monitoring.

The Centre is composed by a Gathering and Processing Data Service, a Meteorological Station and a Special Observations Unit.

CAMM has got various data series (both meteorological and GAW) among the most ancient in Europe, in particular the time series of the measurement about carbon dioxide concentration, starting from 1979, is the longest in Europe.

Mt.Cimone - IMS Mountain Centre

Mt Cimone is characterized by a very particular climate with many extreme weather conditions due to strong wind for a large portion of the year (up to 216 km/h); rapid ice formation with flags which grow up even 40cm in 3 hours from October to March; very low temperatures (-22°C absolute minimum temperature measured in 1981, on January). The observatory is inside the clouds for 15-20 days per month. During the summertime this value decrease up to 10-12, but the frequency of high intensity thunderstorms increases with high number of lightning. From the snow precipitation point of view, during the wintertime in the last 20 years, the anual snow fall is about 1.70 m on average with a maximum value of 3.12 m in 2008 and minimum 0.62 m in 2002. The average of the number of days with snow per year is 37 with maximum value of 60 in 2008 and minimum of 23 in 2006. The daily maximum amount of snow fall was 59 cm on 11 December 1990.

LC-PrIN - WMO-CIMO Lead Centre "B.Castelli" on Precipitation Intensity