JDR Vol.14 No.2 pp. 248-259
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2019.p0248


Statistical Validation of the Predicted Amount and Start Time of Heavy Rainfall in 2015 Based on the VIL Nowcast Method

Koyuru Iwanami, Kohin Hirano, and Shingo Shimizu

National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED)
3-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0006, Japan

Corresponding author

September 3, 2018
January 29, 2019
March 1, 2019
localized heavy rain, vertical integrated liquid water content (VIL), VIL Nowcast, high-resolution precipitation nowcast, start time of severe rainfall

We statistically evaluated the rainfall amount predicted by VIL Nowcast, which is designed using vertically integrated liquid water content (VIL) through experimental data obtained over five months from June to October of 2015. The accuracy of predictions for the start time of heavy rain, which are vital for issuing warnings concerning localized heavy rain, was also reviewed. We revealed that VIL Nowcast could predict the rainfall amount more accurately than conventional methods up to the first 20 min of the evaluation period (30 min in total) with superior accuracy for the start time of severe rain from isolated convective cells in the first 10 min.

Cite this article as:
K. Iwanami, K. Hirano, and S. Shimizu, “Statistical Validation of the Predicted Amount and Start Time of Heavy Rainfall in 2015 Based on the VIL Nowcast Method,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.14, No.2, pp. 248-259, 2019.
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