Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1623-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1623-2017
Research article
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25 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 25 Sep 2017

Effects of sample size on estimation of rainfall extremes at high temperatures

Berry Boessenkool, Gerd Bürger, and Maik Heistermann

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Rainfall is more intense at high temperatures than in cooler weather, as can be seen in summer thunder storms. The relationship between temperature and rainfall intensity seems to invert at very high temperatures, however. There are some possible meteorological explanations, but we propose that part of the reason might be the low number of observations, due to which the actually possible values are underestimated. We propose a better way to estimate high quantiles from small datasets.
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