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The challenge

The prediction of rapidly developing thunderstorms in small and localized areas is a challenge for the scientific community. Quickly developing but intense thunderstorms often damage properties and can pose risks to people’s lives. Those events are usually characterized by large hail size, huge amount of rain in a short period, high lightning frequency and strong winds. Such phenomena affect also the flight safety, e.g. when aircrafts have to fly through or nearby storms, and the aviation management, e.g. triggering flight re-routing, delays or cancellations. Weather-related flight cancellations and delays have increased over the past two decades in the US and Europe and this trend is going to increase due to the climate change. The consequences are inconveniences for the passengers, damages to the fuselages, increase of the flight costs, higher pollution, money loss for the flight companies, delays and damages of goods.

The solution

Satisfactory Arrival Manager performance can only be achieved when integrating highly accurate adverse weather areas around the airports. Thus, temporally and spatially high resolved predictions have to be integrated into the air traff ic managers’ and controllers’ system.


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The innovation

The SINOPTICA prediction algorithm for the first time merges a radar based nowcasting algorithm in synergy with a very high resolution version of WRF model that assimilates GNSS, lightnings data, in situ weather stations and radar reflectivity to achieve the needed performance in forecasting severe convection. SINOPTICA develops a short-term forecasting system of severe thunderstorms affecting airports and together with the air traffic managers deploys new strategies to adjust the flights trajectories avoiding the adverse weather areas.

Into practice

Example of severe weather predicted over Milano Malpensa airport (black circle) the 11th of May 2019 and flight trajectories diverted (white lines). The large quantity of hail over the runaways caused the closure of the airport for 40 minutes and some flights delay. Nine planes were diverted to other airports. The heavy precipitation produced several floods in the city of Milan, the strong winds caused the fall of trees and billboards.


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