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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-14-2867-2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-14-2867-2014
Research article
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04 Nov 2014
Research article |  | 04 Nov 2014

A catalog of high-impact windstorms in Switzerland since 1859

P. Stucki, S. Brönnimann, O. Martius, C. Welker, M. Imhof, N. von Wattenwyl, and N. Philipp

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This catalog contains 240 (8 extreme) high-impact windstorms in Switzerland since 1859 in 3 severity classes. Validation with independent wind and damage data reveals that the most hazardous winter storms are captured, while too few moderate windstorms may be detected. We find evidence of high winter storm activity in the early and late 20th century compared to the mid-20th century in both damage and wind data. This indicates a covariability of hazard and related damages on decadal timescales.
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