Articles | Volume 21, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2949–2972, 2021

Special issue: Understanding compound weather and climate events and related...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2949–2972, 2021

Research article 01 Oct 2021

Research article | 01 Oct 2021

A climatology of sub-seasonal temporal clustering of extreme precipitation in Switzerland and its links to extreme discharge

Alexandre Tuel and Olivia Martius

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Extreme river discharge may be triggered by large accumulations of precipitation over short time periods, which can result from the successive occurrence of extreme-precipitation events. We find a distinct spatiotemporal pattern in the temporal clustering behavior of precipitation extremes over Switzerland, with clustering occurring on the northern side of the Alps in winter and on their southern side in fall. Clusters tend to be followed by extreme discharge, particularly in the southern Alps.
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