Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 281–285, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-12-281-2012
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 281–285, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-12-281-2012

Brief communication 09 Feb 2012

Brief communication | 09 Feb 2012

Brief communication "An extreme meteorological event at the ISMAR oceanographic tower"

M. Bastianini1, L. Cavaleri1, and T. La Rocca2 M. Bastianini et al.
  • 1Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, ISMAR-CNR, Venice, Italy
  • 2CNMCA, National Meteorological Service, Rome, Italy

Abstract. We report the evidence of a remarkable meteorological event in the Northern Adriatic Sea. Following the irruption of cold northerly air into the previously hot and humid eastern part of the Po valley, a strong instability developed with violent thunderstorms. At the ISMAR oceanographic tower, 15 km off the coast of the Venice lagoon, although no one was on board, the records of 6 July 2008 from the various instruments coherently show the presence of an extreme and short-lived event that we associate either to a water spout or, more likely, to the strong downdraft of a mesoscale convective system

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