Reconstruction of Severe Hailstorm Occurrence with Tree Rings: A Case Study in Central Switzerland
AffiliationDepartment of Geography, University of Fribourg, Switzerland | Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Switzerland
Atmospheric Science ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
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CitationHohl, R., Schweingruber, F.H., Schiesser, H-H. 2002. Reconstruction of severe hailstorm occurrence with tree rings: A case study in central Switzerland. Tree-Ring Research 58(1/2):11-22.
AbstractDendrochronological methods were used to date hail injuries in tree rings of six mountain pines (Pinus mugo var. uncinata) at a site in central Switzerland. Annually dated injuries (1939-1996) were in 89% of the cases attributable to years with severe regional hailstorm occurrence (1957-1996). Days with severe hailstorms were successfully dated in either the earlywood and /or latewood portions of a tree ring in a given year. Tree rings provide an alternative proxy to existing data for reconstructing past severe hailstorm occurrence.