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SST influence on extreme precipitation in Romania Roxana Bojariu, Ecaterina Ion-Bordei, Filippo Giorgi, Sara Rauscher and Xunqiang Bi.

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1 SST influence on extreme precipitation in Romania Roxana Bojariu, Ecaterina Ion-Bordei, Filippo Giorgi, Sara Rauscher and Xunqiang Bi

2 Motivations Physical mechanisms? Radar – 23 martie 2007 Flash flood episode of March 2007: 38 villages affected38 villages affected 150 houses damaged150 houses damaged 28 persons evacuated28 persons evacuated 800 de ha of agricultural terrain damaged800 de ha of agricultural terrain damaged 21 km of roads damaged21 km of roads damaged Flash flood episode of October 2007: 100 villages affected100 villages affected

3 Data Daily Precipitation from 104 Romanian stations ( ) (Administratia Nationala de Meteorologie, Romania); Sea surface temperature (SST) – ERA40 ( ) (ECMWF); Mediterranean Cyclone Catalog :( Ecaterina Ion-Bordei). numerical experiments with a regional climate model - RegCM 3, version 3 of RegCM (horizontal grid interval 30 km) – with the help of Filippo Giorgi, Sara Rauscher and Xunqiang Bi. Metodology Indices of extreme precipitation are computed from daily data for winter: R95 (R98) - daily amounts equal or above the 95% percentile; Canonical correlation analysis applied to the pairs total precipitation and SST, R95 and SST and R98 and SST; Composites maps for 9 winter cases of Mediterranean cyclones crossing Romanian territory;

4 CCA analysis of observed extreme precipitation (PR95) and SST December to February R= % 17 %

5 Time evolution of 1 st CCA mode R=0.73

6 CCA analysis of observed extreme precipitation (PR95) and SST March to May R= %8 %

7 Temel Oguz, Joachim W. Dippner, Zerefsan Kaymaz, 2006: Climatic regulation of the Black Sea hydro-meteorological and ecological properties at interannual-to-decadal time scales. Journal of Marine Systems 60, 235– Interdecadal signal

8 Numerical experiments: +2Exp minus CtrlExp ( 9 winter cases composites) a)b) Total column precipitable waterSea level pressure

9 Numerical experiments: +2Exp minus CtrlExp ( 9 winter cases composites of geopotential heights) Z850Z500

10 Observed and simulated precipitation composites - 9 winter cases b)Ctrl Expa)Obs. c) +2 Exp

11 Observed and simulated composites for precipitation Observed precipitation composite (mm/day) minus Simulated composites of 9 winter cases (mm/day) +2 Exp minus Ctrl Exp

12 Conclusions 1.Extreme precipitation variability in Romania has a strong interdecadal component. 2.On regional scale, Black Sea SSTs seem to modulate precipitation and extreme precipitation, especially in the cold season 3.The cold season signal is robust and may be used in predictive methodologies and in projecting regional changes in precipitation under future climate conditions. 4.Further investigation is needed using both observed data and results from regional climate models to find other regional mechanisms (e.g. for the warm season).


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