Nowcasting of a thunderstorm: The case study of 2 February, 2015 at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport

Yavuz V., Özdemır E. T., Deniz A.

MAUSAM, vol.71, no.1, pp.21-32, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 71 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: MAUSAM
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)
  • Page Numbers: pp.21-32
  • Keywords: Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, Nowcasting, Sea surface temperature (SST), Lightning, Radar images, PRECIPITATION, RADAR, FUTURE, HUMANS, APRIL
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study; on 2 February, 2015, a thunderstorm that took place at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (ICAO: LTBA) was examined and the importance of "nowcasting" was emphasized. This study was performed in order to investigate earlier predictability of this phenomenon. Within the scope of the research, radar products and lightning observations were used as nowcasting tools. Also, the sea surface temperatures measured by the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) in the Marmara Sea were also evaluated. The result is that a thunderstorm and its intensity can be estimated from approximately 42 minutes to 57 minutes in advance. This is an important topic of study in order to provide more consistent results when preparing forecasts issued by airport meteorological office.