Assessment of Severe Weather Warning Systems in Europe

Some partners of the RAIN Consortium presented first results of their work onnational and regional state-of-the-artrisk monitoring and early-to- medium-range warning systems as a talk at the “European Conference on Severe Storms” (ECSS2015) in Wiener Neustadt, Austria:

The title of the presentation is: “Assessment of Severe Weather Warning Systems in Europe” and was presented by
Alois M. Holzer, Pieter Groenemeijer, Tomáš Púčik (ESSL)
Katrin Nissen, Nico Becker, Uwe Ulbrich (FUB)
Andrea Vajda, Hilppa Gregow, Ilkka Juga (FMI)
Pieter van Gelder, Oswald Morales-Napoles
and Dominik Paprotny (TU Delft)

The presentation was centered on the ESSL-part of the work, which are the parameters related with convective severe storms.


– Despite METEOALARM and its unified appearance (which was already a big step forward) warnings in Europe are issued based on a variety of different concepts and thresholds.

– Warnings with lead-times in the convective time-scale are foreseen only by few weather services.

– Specific warnings for very extreme events (large and extremely large hail, extreme gusts and tornadoes) are foreseen only by very few weather services.

– Warnings produced by a meteorologist (and not by an automatic system only) are still prevailing.

– Different essential framework arrangements are closed between weather services and CI service providers.