### Abstract

The raindrop size distribution (DSD) is crucial for understanding the relationships which link the radar reflectivity factor to rainfall rate. In this study, we propose a dimensionless gamma probability density function (pdf ) with two parameters to model the general distribution of the DSD. A relationship between two parameters in the gamma pdf is derived based on self-consistency. As a result, only one shape parameter, called, is necessary to describe the variability of the general distribution. For each DSD spectrum, we apply a new method, which uses the ratio of consecutive moments to estimate. For the whole DSD time series data, with a global value of, this gamma pdf model can be easily adapted to both the one- and two-moment normalisation approach presented in the literature.
Our theory has been implemented for a four-month DSD time series observed in the Cévennes region, France. Results - show the gamma pdf and its self-consistency to be a good approximation to the observed general distribution.
The uncertainty in the moment estimations (e.g. the Z-R relationship) is partly explained by the variability of the
general distribution. Thus, a classification of the DSD spectra by can improve the quality of moment estimation.
Further research is needed to investigate the physical meaning of the variability of the general distribution.

Original language | English |
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Publication status | Published - 2011 |

Event | EGU General Assembly 2011 - Vienna, Austria Duration: 3 Apr 2011 → 8 Apr 2011 |

### Conference

Conference | EGU General Assembly 2011 |
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Country | Austria |

City | Vienna |

Period | 3/04/11 → 8/04/11 |

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Yu, N., Delrieu, G., Boudevillain, B., & Uijlenhoet, R. (2011).

*The parameterization of the general raindrop size distribution by the gamma probability density function*. Paper presented at EGU General Assembly 2011, Vienna, Austria.