Journal article

An investigation of recent orographic precipitation events in northeast Victoria

Philip K Landvogt, John AT Bye, Todd P Lane



This study investigates the spatial and temporal variability of precipitation over northeast Victoria from 2000 to 2005. Using observational data for each month of the year, the elevation dependence of precipitation is analysed over the two distinct mountain ranges (the Strathbogie Ranges and the High Country) that characterise the region. It is found that the rate of increase of precipitation with terrain elevation is proportional to the rainfall at a reference station, representative of the mountain range. Therefore, extreme precipitation events result in pronounced increases in precipitation at the higher elevations. A synoptic classification is also applied to determine which systems are..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks are expressed to lan Sinirnonds, Kevin Walsh, Ian Smith, Neville Nicholls, and Michael Pook for useful discussions. Blair Trewin, John Cornall-Reilly, William Wang and Philip Giese also provided Vahlable information about the Bureau of Meteorology observations and the study of mountainous precipitation. We would like to thank Trevor and Dot Blaber, David Esser. Peter Lloyd, Mark Calvert-Jones. Tom Cocker and the Bureau of Meteorology observers who provided their precipitation records. Thank You also to the following observers who allowed PKI, to visit their properties in order to investigate their weather stations: Julian Trescowthick, Phyllis McArthur, Julie Carolane, Lorraine Sinclair and Steve Lowe. PKI, would also like to thank the Federal Government who supported him during, his honours project with a Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship.